Everything related to the sci-fi romance production, including the main stars, featured products and Korean food, created a sensation among Chinese viewers.
Now, the man behind this megahit SBS drama, Jang Tae-you, is gearing up to return to Chinese audiences once again ― this time, not as a television drama producer but a film director.
Jang, who left his home turf at SBS early this month for a two-year temporary leave, said he had received several offers to direct a movie in China since the popular drama series came to a close. After much consideration, the veteran producer decided to accept the offer.
|Jang Tae-you (right) and actor Kim Soo-hyun. (SBS Digital Forum)|
“After receiving several offers from China (since the airing of ‘My Love from the Star’), I have been mulling over different possibilities. Though it wasn’t an easy decision, I concluded that it was best to take up the opportunity while I had it,” said Jang.
The producer will soon be heading to Beijing to shoot a romantic comedy film to be released in May or September of 2015. The film will be based on a script that was initially prepared by the Chinese side.
“I decided to go along with the script recommended by the Chinese industry officials, since I will be working in China directly for the first time. If the film is successful and another opportunity comes up in the future, I would then like to test out my own movie scripts in the Chinese market,” said Jang.
According to Jang, a number of his own Korean production staff will be participating in the filmmaking process. He has plans to cast South Korean celebrities in the film as well.
Jang, a graduate of Seoul National University, has worked as a producer for the major South Korean broadcasting station SBS since 1998. He has produced several popular drama series, including “War of Money” (2007), “Painter of the Wind” (2008), “Deep-Rooted Tree” (2011) and most importantly, the iconic “My Love from the Star” (2013-2014).
By Sohn Ji-young (firstname.lastname@example.org)