February 11, 2009
IRIS GETS A DRAMA AND A MOVIE
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CANNES DAILY: Day 1 (PDF), p55
Lee Byung-heon and Kim Tae-hee's much-anticipated match-up in the upcoming action-spy drama, IRIS, will also be producing simultaneously a film version. Producers from Taewon Productions say, "The movie will be produced alongside with the drama, and be shown in theaters after the drama's end, with a separate story." The drama won't merely be re-edited in film form, but rather, a different version will be made entirely a first time for a project of this kind.
The two projects will be undertaken by different directors. The drama will be shot by PD Kim Kyu-tae, who worked on KBS dramas A Love to Kill and Loveholic; the film will fall to Yang Yoon-ho of films Holiday and Libera, ME. According to one rep, "The work of scriptwriting will be divided between them and on the filming location, the drama and film teams will operate separately."
The cast for the drama (and film) also includes Jung Jun-ho (The Last Scandal of My Life), Kim Seung-soo (Why Did You Come to Our House), and Big Bang's TOP. The 20-episode drama will shoot overseas in Japan, Russia, and Turkey to a tune of a 20 billion won production budget.
The project most similar to IRIS is the joint Korea-Japan "telecinema" production featuring a stable of Japan's top screenwriters with Korean directors and producers, to be shown in theaters and on television in both countries. The difference is that the telecinema is more like an omnibus film, with separate parts written and filmed by a different team, featuring separate actors. (One being Hero Jaejoong and Han Hyo-joo's Heaven's Postman.)