Owing to its commercial success, the announcement for an English remake has come even before the original show’s renewal for a second season.
Quirky, hugely popular, and one of the most-watched tv series in the history of Korean dramas, ‘Hotel del Luna’ is all set to get an American remake. This would be the first time that a South Korean studio will be working with an American production company on equal footing. The first season of the original series aired from 13th July to 1st September of 2019 in South Korea and became tv’s most-viewed drama in 2019.
- What can we expect from the new series?
- What is ‘Hotel Del Luna’ about?
- When can we expect it to come out? Who will star in the new series?
What can we expect from the new series?
The new series will be created under a collaboration between the South Korean Studio Dragon (the same studio that created the Oscar award-winning movie ‘Parasite’ with producer Bong Joon Ho) and the American production house Skydance Television. Alison Schapker, from Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’, has been selected to be the showrunner for the new show.
The production team has promised viewers that the new show will be targeted at an international audience. They have also added that the show, ‘Hotel del Luna’ would be a visually splendid fantasy based on the importance of human bonds, unfinished businesses, and lost love, and also expressed their excitement to work with famed showrunner Alison Schapker.
The South Korean Studio Dragon has also commented that they are pleased to bring the classic and timeless tale of ‘Hotel del Luna’ to a global stage and bring Korean art of storytelling to the limelight and that they look forward to similar collaborations with Skydance. According to the agreement, Studio Dragon and Skydance will be working with equal standing, making this the first time a Korean studio will be working alongside an American production house. Studio Dragon’s Hyun Park said, “The fact that the first project for our joint collaboration is ‘Hotel del Luna’, a Studio Dragon IP, shows that our work is globally competitive. We will lead the project to success, and become a premium drama studio around the world, to create more international dramas that people can enjoy and enhance the status of Korean content”.
The show is set to be the latest English adaptation of a Korean show/movie following TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’ and ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’.
What is ‘Hotel Del Luna’ about?
The Korean show that debuted in July last year was written by sisters Hong Jung-eun and Mi-ran and was directed by Oh Choong-hwan. The show quickly gained a cult following and smashed many broadcasting records, becoming the 12th highest-rated show in South Korea.
The show is based on a group of people who run a hotel exclusively for ghosts and lost spirits. The hotel itself is a supernatural structure that is not visible to humans in ordinary conditions. The hotel’s staff (with the exception of the manager) and clients are all ghosts and spirits who have lost their way and need to settle scores from their past life before moving on to the afterlife.
The staff have been working in the hotel for decades and will continue to work there till they get over their grudges. The manager, Jang Man-wol has been trapped in the hotel for a sin she committed a millennium ago and will only be released once she finds someone who committed a worse sin than her. The only catch is that she doesn’t remember what her sin was. She is accompanied by a gang of similarly quirky and interesting characters that make this show such a trip.
When can we expect it to come out? Who will star in the new series?
The show has only been recently announced and there is no official release date. Fans speculate that the release date of the remake most probably will not come out before the second season of the original show has aired. As such, the cast for the remake of the show also remains a mystery right now.