Studio Dragon has announced that it signed a deal with Skydance Media, a California-based production company, to co-produce a US remake of the South Korean small-screen hit Hotel del Luna.
A spin-off from the entertainment and mass media giant CJ E&M, Studio Dragon Corporation is the drama production, marketing, and distribution company behind popular projects such as The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016–2017), Love Alarm (2019), Arthdal Chronicles (2019), Crash Landing on You (2019–2020), and The King: Eternal Monarch (2020).
Meanwhile, Skydance Media is a Hollywood production company responsible for quite a number of blockbuster feature-length films including Baywatch (2017), Annihilation (2018), as well as the installments for Mission Impossible, Star Trek, Jack Reacher, and Terminator. It has also powered several television works like Altered Carbon (2018), Dietland (2018), and the upcoming science fiction series Foundation.
Hotel del Luna is a multi-genre drama that revolves around a mysterious hotel nestled deep in the heart of Seoul’s thriving downtown. It appears magnificent even though it has already stood for millennium, a proof that things are not always what they seem.
The female protagonist Jang Man-wol is played by idol-actress IU (My Mister, 2018). Man-wol is a greedy and suspicious soul who has spent the past thousand years acting as the establishment’s CEO. Cursed for a sin she has no memory of, she is doomed to atone for it by spending all of eternity running the strange establishment and catering to the needs of people who have recently died. The hotel is a place where their souls can stay and resolve the personal issues that they had while they were still alive, only then are they able to set off for the afterlife. Man-wol’s only chance of salvation is to find someone who has committed a worse sin than the one she had perpetrated. After 1300 years have gone by and still failing to encounter such a person, she begins to lose hope.
However, her fate takes an interesting turn when Gu Chan-sung, the male lead character played by actor Yeo Jin-goo (My Absolute Boyfriend, 2019), turns up before Man-wol. Once the youngest assistant manager ever to work at a world-renowned hotel corporation, Chan-sung finds himself forced to manage Hotel del Luna because of a deal his father made with Man-wol years ago. He is an absolute perfectionist, but he may be exactly what the odd guesthouse and its even more peculiar CEO needs.
Hotel del Luna gained a peak rating of 12% on its last episode and a nationwide total average of 8.867%, landing at the 10th spot on our list of “The Highest-Rated Korean Cable Dramas of All Time.” It was helmed by Start-Up (2020) director Oh Choong-wan and is written by the Hong Sisters, the duo screenwriters behind tvN’s A Korean Odyssey (2017). The American version of the script will be penned by Alison Schapker who was the primary showrunner for Altered Carbon.
Park Hyun-sang, managing director of Global Business at Studio Dragon, said, “We will make an international series that can be enjoyed by more people around the world and leap forward as a global premium drama studio that can magnify the status of Korean entertainment content.”
Bill Bost, CEO of Skydance TV also shared a statement on the remake project, “[Hotel del Luna will be a] beautiful visual fantasy based on the story of human life and lost love.”
CJ ENM and Studio Dragon signed the said strategic partnership with Skydance Media in February for co-production and investment in global content.
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