SBS’s The King: Eternal Monarch will not be airing this Friday, as shared by a source from the network on May 28.
Instead of the fantasy drama, the 2011 American film Contagion will be aired at 10 p.m. KST on the 29th. The movie centers on a newly discovered virus that causes a fast-moving pandemic. The story follows the movements and frantic attempts to identify and contain the disease and develop a vaccine to curb the spread, amidst the panic and loss of order.
It is directed by Steven Soderbergh and headlined by an ensemble cast of some of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, and Jude Law, among others. It was critically praised for its scientific accuracy, strong narrative, and notable character performance.
Contagion renewed its popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic for its fictional yet skillful depiction of a health crisis, including the rapid spread of a virus, the fear and panic that comes with the situation, and the struggles of experts and frontliners during such a time.
SBS shared, “During the spread of [COVID-19], daily life is changing rapidly, and anxiety and fear are threatening the world. Through [airing] this film, we want to [shed] light to how human beings should deal with the virus and raise awareness.”
Hwa&Dam Pictures (subsidiary of Studio Dragon), the production company behind The King: Eternal Monarch, assured that there is no problem with the drama’s normal broadcasting as it has already been filmed until the last episode. Instead, this movement is in active participation to raise awareness about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The King: Eternal Monarch will air its 13th episode during the same time slot on May 30.