Thursday, September 20, 2012

'Jewel in the Palace' to have a sequel?

The Korean historical drama "Jewel in the Palace" is reportedly having a sequel, a spokesman of Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) told the Agence France-Presse.

The sequel is planned to be made next year, but talks are still underway on who will direct and which stars will appear in the show.

Kim Jae-Chul, the CEO of MBC, recently met with officials of China's Hunan TV, that syndicated the original show in China in 2005. The Chinese said they were hoping to invest in the upcoming project, said the spokesman.

"Chinese TV industry officials will visit Seoul later this year to discuss details of the project," he said.

Originally titled "Dae Jang Geum," the drama tells the story of an orphaned royal kitchen cook in the ancient Joseon dynasty who went on to become the king's first female doctor.

The show was massively popular in South Korea and was aired in some 60 nations, including China, Japan, the Philippines and Iran and making an international star out of its main actress, Lee Young-Ae.

The show is often cited as one of the first South Korean drama series that opened the door for the so-called Hallyu (Korean Wave) of TV shows and pop music that have swept across Asia in the past decade.

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