[2012~KDrama] MBC upcoming historical drama
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Posted 10/31/11 , edited 9/17/12

''The great historic drama producer' Lee Byeong-hoon to come back next year with "Dae Jang Geum 2"

Commander of historical dramas producer Lee Byeong-hoon is coming back next year. According to several officials in MBC, producer Lee Byeong-hoon will be showing a new historical drama at the later half of next year.

Having hits like "Dae Jang Geum", "Heo Jun", "Sangdo", "Dong Yi" and many more, this is the first time in 2 years he's getting attention after "Dong Yi". With no other details yet available, there is interest in whether he is pushing for the production of a second "Dae Jang Geum".

"Dae Jang Geum" starred by Lee Young-ae and Ji Jin-hee, it is one of the most represent able drams in Korea and was exported to more than 60 countries. While it was aired in 2003 ~ 2004, the viewing percentage jumped to over 41.6% and was greatly popular in Korea as well.

"Dae Jang Geum 2" is one of MBC's long–cherished ambitions. It was once mentioned above the surface in 2009 but it didn't work out. It isn't clear if Lee Byeong-hoon's amazing project of "Dae Jang Geum 2" will be able to be proceeded with. The symbol of "Dae Jang Geum", Lee Young-ae doesn't wish to star in this one and there are many obstacles to conquer.

Meanwhile, MBC officials said, "MBC wants "Dae Jang Geum 2" to be made but there are too many things in the way. It might not be possible. Lee Byeong-hoon's next project might not even have anything to do with "Dae Jang Geum" at all".

Source : news.nate.com/view/20... ( Korean )

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Lee Young-ae coming back with "Dae Jang Geum 2"?

Will Lee Young-ae be coming back with "Dae Jang Geum 2"? There are rumors going around that actress Lee Young-ae will be coming back with "Dae Jang Geum 2".

Officials of a broadcasting company mentioned that, "Lee Young-ae is likely to come back with "Dae Jang Geum 2" which is being planned out to air this coming September or October. It seems that many things are being done to have Lee Young-ae back on board".

In some parts of the entertainment business, they say, "Lee Young-ae is considering "Dae Jang Geum 2" as her come back project".

Others say that her husband Jeong Ho-yeong is in contact with several entertainment related people as he is known to be in close relationships with many of them. Therefore, speculations of Lee Young-ae's appearance in the drama "Dae Jang Geum 2" is slowly becoming the truth.

However, looking at her pace recently, even if she does star in "Dae Jang Geum 2", it is most likely that she does early next year.

Lee Young-ae has been keeping a low profile these days so it is unlikely she will suddenly decide to star in "Dae Jang Geum 2" and even if she does, it's possible she will do it next year.

On the other hand, a reason why it's likely she will star in "Dae Jang Geum 2" is because of the writer Kim Yeong-hyeon. He still has a valid contract of 50 MBC dramas. Therefore, rumors of "Dae Jang Geum 2" have been continuously going on. However, it is said that Kim Yeong-yeon has been skeptical about writing the script for "Dae Jang Geum 2".

Of course, whenever he feels like it, ,if he just put his mind to it, he could create the scenario at any time.

Producer Lee Byeong-hoon is currently in the preparation of "Enchanted". Some say that this is his final project. However, if "Dae Jang Geum 2" comes into plan, he will lend a helping hand.

Lee Byeong-hoon has created so many dramas until today and several national dramas like "Heo Joon" and "Dae Jang Geum". Many are curious as to if Lee Young-ae, Kim Yeong-hyeon and Lee Byeong-hoon will come together once again for the first time in 10 years.

"Dae Jang Geum" was broadcasted in Japan, China, Taiwan, and all over Asia, Europe and Africa. It is said that the viewing percentage hit a maximum of 80% in some places. Financial conditions relating to the drama is also said to have reached a trillion won. Sales to the rights of the drama alone made MBC 12 billion won.

According to the Korea Creative Contents Agency, the exporting amount of "Dae Jang Geum" reached 12 billion won (~US$12 million).

Lee Young-ae hasn't been active ever since 2003 drama "Dae Jang Geum" and 2005 movie "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". Her secret marriage in Hawaii in August, 2009 created a field day when it was revealed.

She is currently focused on taking care of her twins. Her contract with her agency also expired in March. She is currently acting solo. It is also said that her husband will create a one man company for her.

The people around her say, "There have been many rumors about the one-man company. It is unsure when she will come back active again unless she says so".

Lee Young-ae has been appearing in various commercials. Work related to this seems to be done by chairman Lee Joo-yeol whom she has worked with for 12 years.


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MBC Denies 'Dae Jang Geum 2' Is In Production

MBC has revealed that there is nothing confirmed with historical drama mogul producer-director Lee Byung Hoon with regards to production for 'Dae Jang Geum 2'.

A senior official with the station claimed that although there is "constant conversation" about the drama, there has yet to be "specific discussion on the company level." The official added, "Lee Byung Hoon is completely focused on the production for 'Horse Doctor', which is set to begin airing in September. Due to this, even if 'Dae Jang Geum 2' begins production, he will be filming 'Horse Doctor' until at least the beginning of next year."

However, the official did not deny the production of 'Dae Jang Geum 2' itself, saying, "'Dae Jang Geum 2' has been a longtime project for MBC. I don't know when it will start production, but it will happen. Everyone has to be on board to move forward. We'll know whether it can be a next year's project around the end of the year."

MBC's stance on the production of 'Dae Jang Geum 2' comes in response to reports on Wednesday afternoon that Lee Byung Hoon would work with 'Dae Jang Geum' wrtier Kim Young Hun to begin production on 'Dae Jang Geum 2' with MBC, and that the prospects of the original series's lead actress Lee Young Ae joining the cast was "positive".

'Dae Jang Geum', which aired in 2003, was a hit historical drama based on Jang Geum, the first female royal physician in the history of the Chosun Dynasty. Led by actresses Lee Young Ae and Ji Jin Hee, the drama garnered an amazing average viewer rating of 41.6%. The drama's popularity spread to more than 60 countries including Japan, China, and others in Europe and the Middle East, bringing in an estimated 12 billion Won worldwide.
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MBC decides to produce Dae Jang Geum 2 in 2013

MBC recently made an official announcement regarding the production of Dae Jang Geum 2 next year. On September 17, MBC released a special announcement saying, “President Kim Jae Chul visited China on September 11 and stayed their for four nights and five days to discuss producing Dae Jang Geum 2 with the Chinese Hunan Broadcasting System.”

Since many officials in show business have said that the series will be produced in 2013 and MBC made an official announcement, the series is showing visible signs of its production. The Chinese broadcasting system, which aired Dae Jang Geum in 2005, said that they also want to buy the new series again.

Actress Lee Young Ae has been talked about as a heroine for the series. Lee, who played the lead role in Dae Jang Geum, said that she has nothing to say but there still is possibility.

The Dae Jang Geum received as much as 57 percent of the viewers when it aired from September of 2003 to March of 2004. Then the series aired in eighty-seven countries, including, Japan, China, Taiwan, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

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