Producers have announced that Queen Seon-deok, MBC’s successful historical epic series, will be re-edited down to movie format, just in time for the approaching holiday weekend.
This version will not be a mere rehash of highlights and clips, but will actually tell a complete story. Its focus will not be on the drama’s current state of events, where the battle for the throne is heating up between Mi-shil (Go Hyun-jung) and Princess Deok-man (Lee Yo-won), but on the first half with the characters’ childhoods and development.
MBC’s 2007 fusion historical series Legend is similarly planning a re-edited movie version — but unlike Legend, the Seon-deok movie isn’t getting a cinema release. Instead, it will broadcast as a TV movie as part of the station’s special Chuseok programming. (Chuseok is one of the biggest holidays in Korea and falls this year on the first weekend of October.)
The TV movie will air in two 90-minute parts, and its specific timeslot has not yet been fixed.
Aside from satisfying viewer demands, this is probably a really shrewd move on MBC’s part to play up its big cash cow, produce two likely-to-be-watched Chuseok broadcasts, and ensnare additional viewers who haven’t been watching and would like a quick recap on the story so far — just in time to start watching as the drama heads into its second half. Hey, I’ll probably be watching.
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