According to reports, an English-language version of the popular Korean drama Crash Landing on You is in the works. Crash Landing on You was first published in December of 2019 and received widespread appreciation. The show was shown concurrently on tvN in South Korea and as a Netflix exclusive for overseas viewers. Crash Landing on You was one of the most popular South Korean shows on the streamer prior to the stratospheric popularity of Squid Game, topping the most-watched categories in various regions.
Crash Landing on You tells the storey of Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin), an affluent South Korean heiress who crashes lands in North Korea after a strange paragliding accident. There, she meets Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin), a North Korean soldier with whom she falls in love throughout the course of the series. The drama, which spends the majority of its runtime building Se-ri and Jeong-growing hyeok’s romance, sparked debate over its portrayal of North Korea. Some North Korean defectors commended the show for accurately showing day-to-day life in the nation, while others chastised it for romanticising the lives of the country’s elite.
According to a recent report from Yonhap News Agency, an English-language version of Crash Landing on You is in the works. Studio Dragon, which created the original series, will collaborate with Netflix on the project. At the time of writing, the studio has not announced a release date for the adaptation.
Yonhap’s storey also confirms past claims of planned English-language translations for other famous K-dramas, such as Hotel del Luna, which will be released in 2019, and W: Two Worlds Apart, which will be released in 2016. South Korean intellectual rights have been in great demand after Squid Game surpassed long-standing viewing records earlier this year. As studios strive to ride the residual coattails of Netflix’s popularity, international fans may expect a flood of English versions of Korean programming in the coming years.