‘W – Two Worlds’ to get American remake

MBC drama W – Two Worlds is all set to be remade for American TV! CBS, one of the leading terrestrial networks in the US, will adapt the drama. This is yet another development in the growing influence of Korean dramas around the world. 

Starring Lee Jong-suk (Romance Is a Bonus Book) and Han Hyo-joo (Dong Yi), W – Two Worlds—also known as W – Two Worlds Apart or simply W—is a fantasy-romance drama that aired in 2016. Han Hyo-joo plays a cardiothoracic surgeon named Oh Yeon-joo. She is the daughter of the writer and illustrator of a famous webtoon called “W.” After her father’s sudden disappearance, Yeon-joo visits his studio to find out the truth. Instead, she finds a wounded man called Kang Chul, played by Lee Jong-suk, who is the protagonist of her father’s webtoon. A portal between the two worlds allows Yeon-joo to travel back and forth as she falls in love with Kang Chul and races to save him from his fate, written by her own father. 

W Two Worlds Apart poster featuring
W – Two Worlds promotional poster featuring Lee Jong-suk (left) and Han Hyo-joo

W – Two Worlds was written by Song Jae-jung (Memories of the Alhambra) and directed by Jung Dae-yoon (I’m Not a Robot). The show achieved a peak nationwide TV rating of 13.8 percent and became popular among young people. It also won a Special Jury award at the 50th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, leading to increased international interest. 

As per Deadline, a US entertainment news website, MBC signed a contract for the remake rights of W: Two Worlds with CBS Studios. Craig Plestis, founder of Smart Dog Media and the man credited for bringing the MBC variety show King of Mask Singer to America, will be serving as the series’ executive producer, while MBC America’s Kim Na-hee will also be involved with the project. 

Remakes of Korean dramas have a history of doing well in America. The most recent example is The Good Doctor, a remake of the 2013 Korean drama of the same name, that is currently airing its fourth season. A TV adaptation of the Academy Award-winning movie Parasite is also in the works. 

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9 Comments

  • Cynthia Dillon

    April 14, 2021 - 3:14 pm

    As American ,who truly love KDrama ,I truly hope they do a great job to find just as wonderful as the main character on W .
    Lee Jong Suk did such a wonderful job .
    I’m very happy that ( The Good Doctor is so doing a wonderful job and is still going strong ! )

  • Kee suk jung

    April 14, 2021 - 7:40 pm

    Shit the Americans are gonna ruin our drama too!!?they r not even satisfied by polluting our country culture now they even want !I am sick of these americans ,all r just hypocrites polluting the whole planet!!these people should thank us(the Asians) for developing their fucking country!!!the only thing they can do is enjoy sex and show their nudes! and get married infinite times and produce babies from God knows how many partners!such hypocrites!!

  • Keyyyy

    April 15, 2021 - 11:16 pm

    Bruhh can Americans just leave kdramas alone! No one is even asking for these shows to have an American adaptation. It’s beyond frustrating to hear this stuff. Shows how much the American entertainment industry is struggling to come up with good ideas. Trying to outsource creativity and make it below mediocre.

  • Josefina Hemsley

    April 16, 2021 - 3:47 am

    Kee suk Jong , your comment is not nice , I am Pilipino that love K drama and American citizen , any country contribute to pollution but you have admitt , America help alot of country , including your country , be thankful.

  • Sondra Burden

    April 16, 2021 - 7:06 am

    I wish the Americans (which I am one) would leave KDrama alone. I have quit watching American TV. We can’t compete with the writers, actors or music!

  • Choi Somi

    April 16, 2021 - 9:16 am

    The Good Doctor in four seasons is still not as good as the 16 episodes of the Korean drama. I can guarantee the Parasite show will suck, and W will be a laughingstock. Hollywood needs to spend more on original ideas.

  • Guest

    April 17, 2021 - 8:50 am

    Excited and worried at the same time. I am American and very tired of Hollywood’s profanity, sex and constant push of political agendas. I love Asian dramas because for the most part, they don’t have the above. There is a reason why people are flocking to a different venue for tv watching entertainment. Hollywood. Take. Notice!

  • 왜 그래

    April 21, 2021 - 10:19 am

    yet another whitewashed show…”this just shows how big and influential kdramas are” no it doesn’t, it just shows how westerners only watch white ass shows smh

  • Ahjumemshie Lee

    April 26, 2021 - 9:59 pm

    I read an article that Naver is expanding their business to the US. So maybe W is just “testing the waters” for webtoons.

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