Kim Eun Sook, screenwriter of notably popular dramas like Goblin, Descendants of the Sun, Heirs, and Secret Garden, is in the beginning stages of her next project that is sure to be another smashing success.

Her next project, titled Mr. Sunshine (working title), is a historical drama set in the early 1900s, before the Japanese occupation of Korea. The story revolves around a man who, after voyaging away from Korea during the United State expedition in 1871, develops a new persona as a soldier in the United States army. After a series of events, he is stations in Joseon where he falls in love with a woman from an aristocratic family of prominent means.

When discussing this drama, Kim Eun Sook excitiedly stated, "This is a topic I’ve been wanting to write about for a while now. I created a project proposal for this drama a while back: a drama about not independence fighters but actual soldiers from that era. Although it’s not recorded anywhere in history, it’s something that we all need to know about.”

For this project, Kim Eun Sook will be reuniting with respected PD Lee Eung Bok, who worked with her during Goblin and Descendants of the Sun.

However, it seems that this upcoming drama is already experiencing issues with production due to the time period in which the story is set. Kim Eun Sook explained, "The drama is set in the era before the Japanese occupation of Korea but there are not many places that are representative of this era. So, a set needs to be built, which means that I need to write the script quickly.”

So far there is no news regarding casting, however, Kim Eun Sook stated, “I do have someone in mind. Since the character’s narrative is strong and has a large breadth of emotions, the role needs to be played by someone who is very good at acting.”

Mr. Sunshine is sure to be another hit for the talented screenwriter. We will look forward to more news regarding this highly anticipated drama until it's release in the first half of 2018.

Are you excited about this drama? Who do you think should be cast? Any thoughts you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!


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