Park Shin-yang considers adaptation of Japanese novel Flying Trapeze
For those of you eagerly awaiting the second season of Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho, there’s some unfortunate news: KBS has announced that there are no plans to air Jo Deul-ho 2 this year, despite earlier speculation that we would get the second season sometime in the latter half of 2017. The good news is that NEW (Next Entertainment World) and KBS are currently in talks to launch the newest season of the legal drama in the first half of 2018, though that’s not set in stone yet. Fingers crossed we see our favorite underdog attorney who fights for the people sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, we might be able to see Park Shin-yang in a different project before he becomes Jo Deul-ho again. He is currently considering the lead role in a drama remake of Japanese novel Flying Trapeze. The character, a psychiatrist, sounds rather irreverent and a bit of a nutcase, which could be kind of fun: In the original novel, the lead character Dr. Irabu is described as immature and unreasonable, so much so that he switched from pediatrics to psychiatry straight out of med school because he would throw tantrums and get into arguments with his child patients, lol. Oh, and he also apparently has a fetish for administering injections to his patients. Which grosses me out and cracks me up in equal measure.
Flying Trapeze is actually a compilation of short stories about the main character Dr. Irabu, which were serialized in a literary magazine from 2000 to 2006. It became so popular that it was adapted into a feature film, a television drama, a stage play, and an anime series in Japan. I can only assume that the list stops there because they ran out of media to relay the (mis-)adventures of the irascible psychiatrist.
Up to direct is PD Park Yong-soon, whose credits include 49 Days, Divorce Lawyer in Love, and Wanted. I’m not terribly excited by this director’s track record, but if Park Shin-yang ends up confirming, I’ll have to tune in to see him take on this role, which sounds like a hoot.
Flying Trapeze doesn’t have an airdate, but it sounds like SBS intends to schedule the show in its fall/winter lineup.
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