Writer Jung Bo-hoon is gearing up for a prime-time television comeback with his new sports-themed screenplay titled Racket Boys (literal title).
Currently being deliberated for a potential dramatization under SBS, Racket Boys is described as an exciting and unique work that will offer viewers front-row seats into the world of badminton.
According to SBS on October 14th, Jung Bo-hoon is aiming to release the drama Racket Boys in 2021. SBS is planning its formation as a Monday and Tuesday program while Pan Entertainment, which signed a contract with Jung earlier this year, will shoulder the production.
Jung Bo-hoon began his career by co-writing tvN’s popular friendship series Reply 1988 (2015–2016) with screenwriter Lee Woo-jung. He then made his proper debut when he worked with director Shin Won-ho of the Reply series franchise in the comedy, life, and romance fusion drama, Prison Playbook (2017–2018). During its run, Prison Playbook started off with 4.6 percent national average viewership ratings (based on reports by Nielsen Korea) but saw a remarkable rise to 11.2 percent on its finale. Notably, not just home viewers enjoyed watching the series as it also went to receive multiple nominations from critics across several award-giving bodies. It was hailed as Best Drama at the 12th Korean Cable TV Awards and has various cast distinctions tied to it. The success it achieved later on inspired Director Shin and Screenwriter Lee to create another hit drama, Hospital Playlist (2020).
Meanwhile, SBS is shooting up expectations as the prospective broadcasting network that would transport Racket Boys into the small screen, especially after the success of its sports-themed series Stove League (2019–2020), 56th Baeksang Arts Awards’ winner for Best Drama.