Last week The Hollywood Reporter revealed that ABC were looking to remake the beloved Korean Drama My Love From The Stars for US audiences. At this point the pilot is just being scripted, according to a statement released by HB Entertainment (Korean producer of the original show), with an ABC spokeswoman stating that it’s just a script in development, with no commitment to air.”
What we know so far is that the show will be following MLFTS’ storyline which sees the nice quiet life of one alien (Do Min-joon, played by Kim Soo-hyun in the original), who’s just waiting for his chance to go home to his planet, disrupted by one frank, haughty and hilarious actress (Cheon Song-yi played by Jun Ji-hyun/Gianna Jun) when she moves in next door.
According to THR, the US remake will follow the original storyline centered around popstar, Lark (LARK?! Ahem, Cheong Song-gi’s counterpart), and her anti-social neighbor, James (Do Min-joon), who happens to be from another planet.
Disillusioned by the pettiness of human nature, and a resident of Earth for the past several hundred years, James has a centuries-old rule that he will never use his abilities to intervene in the lives of the people around him. But when he gets a premonition that the infuriatingly self-centered but compelling Lark is going to be murdered, James finds himself drawn into her chaotic life and falling deeply in love — just as he finally has the chance to return to his home in the stars. While the premise of MLFTS itself isn’t original (Roswell anyone?) the drama enjoyed huge success, hinging a lot on the chemistry between the cast- especially the leads.
Good luck finding an actress who can pull off being as sassy yet vulnerable with perfect comedic timing, as required for a Cheon Song-gi character, like Jun Ji-hyun did. Because she’s flawless.
The original ran for twenty-one episodes between December 2013 and February 2014, most Korean prime-time dramas are usually contained within a single season, running about twelve to twenty episodes, and typically wrapping up by the finale.
So there’s concern regarding how this would translate over to the US format, should the US remake make it past the first season. I suppose it could work, however there’s always the risk that the story could lose momentum. It looks like the creator of MLFTS Park Ji-eun is on board, with Bomi Moon from the original series’ production company HB Entertainment. Executive producers while Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (CW’s The 100, 666 Park Avenue, The Vampire Diaries, Dollhouse) will pen ABC’s adaptation, so one can’t dismiss the remake entirely without giving it a chance to prove itself.
MLFTS isn’t the only Korean Drama set to receive an American makeover, it’s the latest in a handful of shows slated to receive US remakes as CBS is developing a medical drama based on Good Doctor (which I’m not too worried about, oddly enough. NBC is readying a reality show based on the travel variety show “Grandpas Over Flowers.”
I’m most worried about the Reply 1997/Answer Me 1997 remake by Fox which is said to be a musical coming-of-age drama about a group of friends. The original wasn’t a musical, it was perfect. PERFECT.
One thing’s for sure, none of them can be as bad as the Boys Over Flowers US remake which came off looking like a really (really, really) bad parody. Although considering BOF was a fan-made production with very little funding I doubt My Love From The Stars, Good Doctor, Reply 1997 or Grandpas Over Flowers fans should worry too much about production quality and (hopefully) the acting.
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