UPDATED November 24:
The diagnostic test performed on a background talent from the upcoming drama The Moon Rising River has turned out positive for COVID-19.
An official from the series stated, “After learning all the facts about the suspected case, we immediately stopped filming that day and waited for the background actor’s test results.” They continued, “The production team contacted health authorities at once and asked them to conduct tests for coronavirus detection on individuals who were traced as ‘close contacts.’ Other staff members were asked to undergo self-isolation and observe regulations for proper hygiene.
To give their official statement on the recent information, the official said, “The test done on the background actor came out positive, but all other staff and talents who came in close contact to them were found out to be negative. However, our production team decided to continue self-isolating for another one or two days and resume filming after carefully assessing the situation.”
“From this time forward, The Moon Rising River will prioritize the health and safety of our cast and crew, as well as proceed with filming in compliance with the preventive guidelines put in place by health authorities to fight the spread of COVID-19.”
Earlier news revealed that a background talent, called extra “A” for the sake of reports, was suspected to have caught the infection after getting in close contact with someone who got confirmed of the disease on November 21. Filming for the romantic-historical series The Moon Rising River, where “A” stood in as a soldier, has been stopped indefinitely to abide with existing health protocols. In addition, the production team behind OCN’s The Uncanny Encounter adopted the same measures as they have been occupying the set adjacent to that of the aforementioned series.
Original (November 24, 2020): Two upcoming K-dramas temporarily stop filming as background actor gets tested for COVID-19
Upcoming dramas The Moon Rising River and The Uncanny Counter have put their filming schedules to a temporary halt after one of the former’s background talents became a suspected positive case of COVID-19.
A representative for The Moon Rising River revealed, “Extra ‘A’ (referring to the background actor), who has been standing in as a soldier for a while now, is being examined for the coronavirus disease today.” He then continued, “It was announced that ‘A’ participated in the filming of a number of dramas, [including The Moon Rising River], and as soon as the production team heard of it, they immediately stopped filming and packed up.” Currently, the team is preparing to adjust its original production schedule while waiting for “A’s” medical test results.
Adopting similar precautionary measures, an official from The Uncanny Counter stated, “It is not very serious as we used the next set, not the same one [used by The Moon Rising River], but we still decided to postpone our production presentation [scheduled this November 23 at 2 p.m.]. We will send out notifications for the new date later.”
The Moon Rising River is a romantic sageuk (historical drama) that will reimagine South Korea’s popular folklore about Goguryeo’s Princess Pyeonggang (Kim So-hyun, The Tale of Nokdu), who abandoned her royal life when she fell in love and married a hunchbacked commoner named Ondal (Ji Soo, When I Was the Most Beautiful). As an intriguing tweak to the traditional story, Princess Pyeonggang’s character will be built up as a strong and ambitious woman instead of the stubborn, “weeping princess” that has been described in the urban legend.
The Moon Rising River is helmed by PD Yoon Sang-ho, director of King Maker: The Change of Destiny (2020), and penned by screenwriter Han Ji-hoon of Woman of 9.9 Billion (2019–2020). Produced by Victory Contents, the series has not partnered with a specific network yet. However, the production team already began filming in line with its earlier plans to premiere in the first half of 2021.
Meanwhile, The Uncanny Counter is a fantasy slash mystery drama that follows a group of people with supernatural abilities called Counters. Assigned with a dangerous mission to hunt down evil spirits on Earth, the Counters try to blend in among humans by becoming employees of a noodle restaurant. It centers on main protagonists So Moon (Jo Byung-gyu, Hot Stove League), the youngest Counter whose special ability is his heightened physical strength, and Do Ha-na (Kim Se-jeong, I Wanna Hear Your Song), a bizarre girl who can sense evil spirits from miles away and has the power to read somebody’s memory by merely touching them.
The Uncanny Counter is directed by Yoo Seon-dong of Vampire Prosecutor 2 and penned by scriptwriter Yeo Ji-na. It targets to premiere on OCN this November 28 at 10:30 p.m. KST as a Saturday and Sunday drama.