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South Korean remake for Musketeers

South Korean network tvN has given a three-season order to The Three Musketeers, a drama that will combine stories from Alexandre Dumas’ novel with those of Korea’s 17th Century Joseon Dynasty.

The manner of the commission, which comes before any episodes have even aired, marks a first for the country’s broadcasters, according to local producer CJ E&M.

The project reunites CJ E&M with scriptwriter Song Jae-jung and director Kim Byung-soo, who both previously worked on well-travelled drama series Nine: 9 Times Time Travel.

Each season will have 12 parts. The show will feature Korean pop star Jung Yong-hwa and actor Lee Jin-wook who also starred in Nine, which sold to 44 countries including the US, China and Japan.

CJ E&M and tvN said the show would serve as “a new benchmark for the industry” and added that the second season would be filmed on location in China. It has been slated to air on a Sunday evening slot on tvN from August.

CJ E&M’s version is the latest remake of the Musketeers story, which was most recently produced by the BBC’s in-house drama unit. The show has already been sold around the world including to Germany’s ARD, Norway’s NRK and Turkey’s NTV and a second season is currently in production.


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