Earlier this summer, it was announced that a Korean adaptation of the famous Chinese period romance novel Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心> is in the works. Kim Kyu Tae (金圭泰), a director working for Korea’s Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), has confirmed that he will be directing the upcoming adaptation for Korean audiences.
Bu Bu Jing Xin, translated to Startling By Each Step, is written by Tong Hua (桐華). It follows a 21st century woman who travels back in time to Qing Dynasty China. She encounters the sons of the Kangxi Emperor and gets entangled in their political struggles. The novel was already made into a television drama, Scarlet Heart, in 2011 by Tangren Media, which starred Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩), Nicky Wu (吳奇隆), and Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎). The series was not only a ratings success in Mainland China, it also became a smash hit across Asia, including in regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia.
The drama also achieved popularity when it aired on Korean cable channels in late 2011. A Korean version of the original novel was then published in South Korea, selling out several reprints.
According to various sources, the Korean adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin will be renamed to The Lovers of the Moon. At least 15 billion won will be invested on the project. American production company Universal Studios will co-produce. The Lovers of the Moon will be Universal Studios’ first K-drama project.
Due to the differences in Chinese and Korean history, it is unknown how far Kim Kyu Tae will stray from the original source material, but The Lovers of the Moon will be written with its Mainland Chinese audience in mind. The production team is undergoing its casting selection, and production will officially begin early next year.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.