The TV adaptations of popular webtoons Itaewon Class and Ssanggap Pocha will be broadcast by cable network JTBC. While there have already been similar reports in the past two months, it was not until today that the network announced and confirmed that it has added the said webtoon-based series to its drama lineup within the next 12 months.
JTBC is one of the three major paid TV channels in South Korea that broadcast prime time Korean dramas every week. Its most recent and notable series include The Light In Your Eyes and Sky Castle. Both series were nominated for Best Drama at the prestigious Baeksang Arts Awards this year but they lost to tvN’s My Ajusshi. However, SKY Castle still took home a total of four awards including Best Director and Best Actress while The Light In Your Eyes went on to bag the Grand Prize for Kim Hye-ja.
Itaewon Class tells the story of a guy who goes through various hardships and challenges after the death of his father, who is the CEO of a large food service company. He dreams of becoming a policeman but ends up opening his own food business to seek revenge for his father’s death. The webtoon was created by Gwang Jin and first published in 2016.
Park Seo-joon (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim) and Kim Da-mi have been reported in April to be in talks to star in the drama version of Itaewon Class but until now their participation in the series has yet to be confirmed. The TV adaptation will be directed by Kim Sung-yoon of Moonlight Drawn By Clouds.
Meanwhile, Ssanggap Pocha (can be translated to English as Double Decker Carriage) centers on the customers of a mysterious “pojangmacha,” an outdoor drinking establishment (bar) that appears in various places. Written by Bae Hye-soo, the webtoon won the Excellence Award at the 2017 Korea Comic Awards.
The upcoming drama adaptation of Ssanggap Pocha is courting Hwang Jung-eum (The Undateables) and Yook Sung-jae (Goblin) to play the lead roles.
JTBC is airing two dramas this month namely The Wind Blows starring Kam Woo-sung and Kim Ha-neul and Aide starring Lee Jung-jae and Shin Min-ah. The two shows will be followed in July by 18 Moments and Melo Suits Me, respectively.