Is this the year for Korean remakes of Taiwanese/Japanese dramas or what? After the buzzed-about Nodame Cantabile remake and the less buzzed-about remake of My Queen (Witch’s Romance), it appears that next on the cards is MBC’s planned adaptation of Taiwanese massive hit drama Fated to Love You (or I Love You Like Fate, a working title as well as the literal translation of the drama’s title in Korean), with Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara offered the lead roles.
JANG HYUK! Wait, let me catch my breath.
MBC officials are being careful to clarify that the appearance of Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara is still in discussion and far from confirmed, but if they nail this casting, it could be awesome. The original story (in all its makjang glory) was a major hit for Taiwanese channel TTV, scoring record ratings in Taiwan and more or less establishing leads Chen Qiao En and Ethan Ruan as industry A-listers.
For those who are not familiar with the plot: Heroine Chen Xin Yi (Chen Qiao En) is a naive Plain Jane who is described as being like a “post-it note” in nature – easily used and easily thrown aside when no longer needed. That’s exactly the situation she finds herself in with her boyfriend when he loses interest in her, so she books a romantic 2 nights-1 day luxury cruise for the two of them in the hopes of saving the relationship. Wealthy chaebol Ji Cun Xi (Ethan Ruan) is also on the cruise with the goal of proposing to his girlfriend Anna, but she’s a no show. A series of misunderstandings result in Cun Xi and Xin Yi having a one-night stand… and you can guess what happens next. A bun in the oven, angry parental units forcing the hero and heroine to marry, resentment eventually giving way to love – it’s surprising that this hasn’t been remade into a Korean drama already, really. Or maybe not so surprising, since it sounds like every makjang weekend/daily drama ever.
Admittedly nothing about the Fated to Love You plot excites me, but still, Jang Hyuk in a Korean project! I may or may not be able to convince myself to watch it for him. On the production side is PD Lee Dong Yoon (The Queen’s Classroom, Feast of the Gods) and writer Joo Chan Ok (I Believed in Men, Lobbyist), so it looks like makjang will be familiar territory for both of them.
The drama is aiming to air in the MBC Wednesday-Thursday slot after upcoming drama A New Leaf (starring Kim Myung Min and Kim Sang Joong), which is set to follow Cunning Single Lady.