Expanded platforms call big-name directors on the small screen
SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) – As the entertainment horizon has broadened with the advent of global streaming platforms, not only big screen stars but also great directors are coming to television or to movies. even smaller devices like mobiles. Phone (s.
Director Lee Joon-ik of the historical dramas “The King and the Clown” (2005) and “The Throne” (2015) will make his small screen debut with “Beyond The Memory”, an original series by Korean streamer Tving and a television adaptation of a science fiction romance novel titled “Good-Bye Yonder” by Kim Jang-hwan.
This is the first time that Lee, known as a master of period films, has turned to a different genre on a different platform.
The famous director Yeon Sang-ho of the worldwide hit “Train to Busan” (2016) also tries the crossover experience.
Yeon wrote the script for the mysterious horror “The Cursed” (2020) on tvN and is now directing a new Netflix original series “Hellbound”, based on his web comics of the same title.
Starring rising big-screen stars Yoo Ah-in and Park Jung-min, Yeon’s first TV production is slated for release later this year.
The original Netflix thriller series “Finger” will be directed by Jung Ji-woo, who has previously worked on big screen projects including “Tune in for Love” (2019) and “Eungyo” (2012). This is his first television achievement since making his directorial debut with the melodramatic thriller “Happy End” in 1999.
Star director Hur Jin-ho, who has made a name for himself with melodramas including “One Fine Spring Day” (2001) and “Christmas in August” (1998), also challenges a different platform.
Her upcoming melodrama “Lost” will premiere on cable channel JTBC on September 4, featuring Cannes award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon.
Kim Jee-woon, who has supported blockbuster films including “The Age of Shadows” (2016) and “I Saw The Devil” (2010), will direct the sci-fi thriller based on the webtoon “Dr. Brain “, an Apple TV + original.
He teamed up with “Parasite” star Lee Sun-kyun for his first small screen project.
Insiders said the influence of global streamers like Netflix, armed with larger budgets, had spilled over into local show business and therefore blurred the clear distinction between formats. And the year-long COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend.
But some doubt the success of the rush of directors to the small screen because it is not easy for them to meet the various demands of fans of television fiction.
Written and directed by Lee Byeong-heon from hit Korean comedy film “Extreme Job”, the romantic comedy “Be Melodramatic” (2019) fell flat.
Director Lee Chang-hee, who directed psychological thriller “The Vanished” (2018), helmed OCN’s “Strangers from Hell” (2019), a horror thriller based on the same popular webtoon. title, but also failed to make its presence felt.