In case you hadn’t already heard some of the biggest remake news of the year, it’s official; the US broadcasting company ABC has bought the rights to the Korean drama You Who Came From the Stars and is going to remake it! This is just one of the many remakes that are coming to American television audiences that has been announced this year, but to many (myself included) this is the most exciting announcement yet.
As somebody who loves Korean dramas, I’ve really been hoping for years that some higher up executive in the USA would catch notice of a great storyline and turn it into a drama. Mainly because none of my friends and family really grasp why I am obsessed with Asian dramas and yet are completely immersed in American dramas that seem to me to have a storyline every bit as ridiculously makjang as any Korean drama. They call my Korean dramas “soap operas” and then go on to talk about Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones or House of Cards as if they are legitimately superior in every way to Korean dramas. This is not to bash any of those American DRAMAS, I know that they’re great but to say “hey guys, they are dramas too!” Seriously, I get so angry when people call them soap operas!!! I think that’s why I’m so excited for this monumental transition – Korean dramas are finally getting the acknowledgement and credit that they deserve!
And now for my concerns.. I got to admit, I’m also a bit nervous for this transition to American TV. So far, there have been a few successful movies remade for western audiences (ex. Old Boy), but there haven’t been any successful drama remakes that I know of. From the few news pieces that have come out on this remake, it is going to be the story of an anti-social alien who’s been around for centuries named James and the world famous pop star named Lark who lives next door. The story’s going to be written by some big name writers, which gives me hope and that it’s ABC, which is a pretty major company is also hopeful. That being said, this is either going to be the newest amazing “it” young adult science fiction drama or it’s going to be an utter failure.
So yeah, I’m totally excited and yet absolutely terrified at the same time. Next step is finding out who’s going to be Lark and who’s going to be James. My fingers are crossed you guys, here’s hoping and wishing for an amazing production. I honestly don’t think it stands a chance at being anywhere near as good as the Korean drama, because that was amazing, but here’s hoping it’s still a great drama! Now if they could just contract Channing Tatum…
Happy Drama Watching everyone
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