According to Deadline, ABC has put into development an American adaptation of the Korean drama Nine: Nine Time Travels. Lost‘s Yunjin Kim will co-executive produce the project with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s ABC Studios based Fake Empire.
Kim had brought the project to Fake Empire and will be written by Derek Simonds.
I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a project being put into development before. Nine Time Travels is still one of the very best Korean dramas this year and it is certainly an interesting concept to adapt for American audiences. The concept would translate pretty well, but I don’t know how an American series would last more than the 20 episodes since the original wrapped up just before things started to get spread out too thin.
But I definitely think Yunjin Kim would make a great Min Young too.
Gotta point out that ABC has only put the project into development and will have to get ordered to series next Spring. But this is definitely very exciting news. There are plenty of great stories from Korea that could translate very well to American audiences. In 2010, KBS sold the rights to the first two series of the revenge trilogy Resurrection and The Devil to Kapital Entertainment, but it seems neither moved forward.
Read my three reviews for Nine Time Travels here:
(Warning! The Check-in Review and Hindsight Reviews have plenty of spoilers!)
First Impression Review: tvN’s Intriguing Nine – Nine Time Travels Off to a Great Start
Check-in Review: tvN’s Mind-Blowing, Thought Provoking Nine: Nine Time Travels – And We’re Only Halfway! (Spoilers up to episode 10)
Hindsight Review: tvN’s Nine – Nine Time Travels – Simply Epic (Entire series spoiled!)