Netflix has announced that a Korean remake of the Spanish Netflix original series Money Heist, also known as La casa de papel, is in the works!
Money Heist is one of the most popular Netflix series of the last three years. It tells the story of a mysterious man named “The Professor,” who recruits a group of eight people to undertake two ambitious heists—one on the Royal Mint of Spain and the other, on the Bank of Spain. The Emmy-winning series stars Úrsula Corberó and Álvaro Morte in lead roles, among others.
Netflix acquired the rights to the series from Spanish network Antena 3, releasing the first season in December 2017. In 2018, it became the most-watched non-English-language show on Netflix, as well as one of the most watched shows overall. In 2020, the series premiered its fourth season and became a worldwide phenomenon. It received acclaim for revolutionizing Spanish TV and staying true to its Spanish roots. The show has been renewed for a fifth and final season.
The Korean remake of Money Heist is expected to add to the vitality of the original and give it a Korean touch. Fans of Korean dramas are expected to enjoy the juxtaposition of the fast-paced plot, unprecedented scale of the heists, and the dynamics between genius strategists and robbers against the backdrop of the Korean Peninsula.
Alex Pina, the creator of the original, said, “Korean content has hooked viewers just the way Money Heist did, with a mix of great writing and depiction of culture. I’m very fascinated by the possibility of a Korean version of Money Heist.”
The Korean remake is expected to consist of 12 episodes in total and will be directed by Kim Hong-sun, who has proved to be a master of the thriller genre through dramas like OCN’s The Guest (2018), Voice (2017), and Black (2017). Writer Ryu Yong-jae, who wrote tvN’s Psychopath Diary (2019–2020), will be adapting the series to Korean along with his team of writers.
The casting and filming schedule of the Money Heist remake is yet to be confirmed, but Call actress Jeon Jong-seo has already been reported to have received a starring-role offer. BH Entertainment, who co-produced the 2018 film Miss Baek, and ZIUM Content, who produced Itaewon Class (2020), More Than Friends (2020), and the upcoming drama Run On, are expected to collaborate on the production of the remake.