NBC will remake Korean drama 'SKY Castle'


American TV network NBC will remake the Korean drama “SKY Castle” into a pilot program, reports said Thursday.

Yoo Hyun-mi, the writer of the original drama, said earlier Thursday that American entertainment company Warner Bros (WB) has been involved.

“Korea is not the only country grappling with excessive private education,” Yoo said during the 14th Asian TV Drama Conference at a hotel in Incheon. “When I wrote ‘SKY Castle,’ I thought people from other countries could empathize with my drama.”


She said she was curious how the American version would look. “SKY Castle,” a 20-episode TV series revolving around the educational craze of upper-class families in Korea, wrapped up with a record 23.8 percent viewership in February. It is an unprecedented rating for a cable TV series this year.

“SKY” refers to three most prestigious but competitive Korean colleges ― Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University.


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The remake will be released by the title “TriBeCa,” and warner brothers studios will be a part in its creation. Their involvement has been claimed by Yoo Hyun Mi, the writer of the original series. Greg Berlanti, Robert Rovner, and Jessica Queller will be the acclaimed producers for the upcoming drama. The given staff members have also been a part in the production of great TV shows in the past, such as the DC comic drama “Supergirl,” “GossipGirl” and more.

During the 14th Asian TV drama conference in Icheon, Yoo told that she was curious how the American version would look and said, “Korea is not the only country grappling with excessive private education. Further added, “When I wrote ‘SKY CASTLE,’ I thought people from other countries could empathize with my drama.”

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The new title is named after the wealthy people of the TriBeCa neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York. The recent 2019 College Admissions Bribery scandal where influential parents used their power to bribe top American Colleges will be adapted in the remake of “SKY CASTLE’S” story of college admissions. The series will showcase the societal pressures and problems that come when living in a modern urban environment, but It will not focus on basing its characters on the people involved in the bribery case.

There is a possibility of “TriBeCa” being a series as “Sky Castle” had a record of 23.8 percent viewership in February which is an extraordinary rating for a TV series. Its been expected that the remake will be a successful hit as well. Other details are yet to be released.

Source: The Korea Times, The Digital Wise

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