‘Nine’ Becomes First Korean Drama to be Remade in the US
For the first time ever, a Korean drama remake is awaiting broadcast in the US.
In a press release on October 27, tvN announced, “Nine is waiting to be broadcasted as a US remake for the first time for a Korean drama.”
The announcement continued, “Anticipation is on the rise as this could be an opportunity for K-dramas to rise in status.”
Nine was picked up by Fake Empire Entertainment, which produced popular shows such as Gossip Girl, The O.C. and The Carrie Diaries. It’s been revealed that ABC is a strong candidate as the network for broadcast.
As of now, the pilot episode for Nine is being created, and if things run smoothly, it will be revealed sometime in May at the LA Screening.
“A lot of US remake dramas were from England, but as Homeland, a drama originally from Israel, has been attracting attention for its US remake, US drama companies are looking at other countries’ productions as well,” said Choi Jin Hee, the executive director of the CJ E&M Drama Department. “Nine was made possible due to the strong will of the US production company.”
“It’s very encouraging to know that this is the first Korean drama to be sold in the US. CJ E&M has always been trying to challenge itself in creating fresh new stories and raising the bar on the overall perfection of the production. We’re proud that with Nine,, we are making K-dramas rise in status. Right now, the drama is in the process of making the pilot script. We’ll be working hard until the director and actors are casted and the drama airs in US.”
It’s also been revealed that actress Kim Yun Jin of Lost and Shiri had a strong influence on the strong>Nine remake. As she debuted in Hollywood and succeeded as an actress, Kim Yun Jin has introduced many Korean contents to production affiliates in the US.
Kim Yun Jin even flew over to America in May to participate in the planning. After meeting with many companies, Nine chose Fake Empire Entertainment.
“As a viewer who really enjoyed watching Nine and an actress who has a lot of affection in Korean dramas, I’m more than ecstatic to hear that Nine’s format has been sold in the US. I hope that it receives a lot of good results until broadcast,” said Kim Yun Jin. “There are other production formats that are also currently waiting to be sold in the US as well. I plan on working hard to make sure the good contents of Korea become remakes in the US.”
Meanwhile, Nine is fantasy drama where a man is given the ability to revisit his 20-year old self in the past.
Nine received a lot of attention as it became a nominee for Best Scripted Formats at the C21 Format Awards, which was held in Cannes from October 7 to 11.
Photo Credit: CJ E&M