Pokemon Go, Elon Musk inspirations for ‘Memories of the Alhambra’

Pokemon Go, the highly popular augmented reality (AR) mobile game in 2016, influenced the AR game theme in the ongoing tvN series Memories of the Alhambra. Elon Musk, meanwhile, is the inspiration for the drama’s male protagonist played by Hyun Bin.

Memories of the Alhambra writer Song Jae-jung made these revelations in an interview on January 15.

The writer, who also penned the fantasy series W-Two Worlds, revealed how she came up with the idea of combining suspense with an augmented reality game. According to her, the idea for the drama originally started as a time-slip story that should have been the last part of three time travel-themed series that include Queen In-hyun’s Man and Nine. That story centers on a man from the future and involves him staying at a hotel room and opening the door to a stranger who would shoot him with a gun. That man was Yoo Jin-woo, the male protagonist of the Memories of the Alhambra.

Song Jae-jung
Memories of the Alhambra writer Song Jae-jung (Photo Credit: MyDaily)

However, the time-slip story got cancelled indefinitely because Song “didn’t feel motivated” and she had already written so many time-slip stories. She then decided to search for new ideas to write about and learned about Pokémon Go which was the new craze at that time. “I got curious [about the game] and tried it out,” she shared.

She was reluctant at first to incorporate a video game theme into a series but ended up dropping the time-slip theme altogether in favor of a story involving AR.

“I didn’t think of doing a video game theme because it didn’t seem possible to recreate a virtual reality like the movie ‘Avatar.’ But if it were to involve augmented reality with items [on the screen] like Pokémon Go, it seemed doable. That’s when I dropped the time-slip theme and decided to keep only the character Yoo Jin-woo.”

Song also shared that Yoo Jin-woo is based on Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. “I found Elon Musk intriguing after coincidentally reading his autobiography. I drew inspiration from his life and created Yoo Jin-woo,” she explained.

Both Yoo Jin-woo and Elon Musk have PhDs in engineering and are both self-made CEOs of extremely successful tech companies.

Memories of the Alhambra Poster

Memories of the Alhambra, which is helmed by PD Ahn Gil-ho of the critically acclaimed and award-winning thriller Secret Foresttells the story of investment company CEO Yoo Jin-woo (played by Hyun Bin) who goes to Granada, Spain on business and meets a woman (Park Shin-hye) while searching for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented reality game. The series will air on tvN its last two episodes on Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. KST.

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InternJang manages a team of writers to publish and promote content for Kdramapal every day. He began watching Korean dramas in 2014 and fell in love deeply with his all-time favorites Signal, Reply 1988, and Misaeng. His affinity for writing led him to start a blog and, later on, spearhead efforts to establish KDP as one of the most dependable sources of K-drama information online.

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