On November 17, a representative of SBS’ drama department revealed that the drama is estimated to air in September 2016 at the earliest, mainly to ensure high quality of production and clarify issues related to international distribution.
The producers have aimed at taking the drama overseas ever since the initial planning stages, and they have put great effort into enabling simultaneous broadcasting in both Korea and China. Due to the relatively strict TV censorship in China, negotiations with broadcasters tend to take longer than in Korea.
According to reports, Hong Kong-based Emperor Group has invested 10 billion won (approximately $8.6 million USD) into the drama, which further proves the international appeal of the grand-scale production.
Meanwhile, the filming started last August and the drama will be entirely pre-produced. This is almost unheard of in the Korean drama industry, where episodes are usually filmed just days before they are expected to air, allowing producers to adjust the storyline according to viewers’ feedback.