Writer Of “Memories Of The Alhambra” Explains How Pokémon Go Influenced The Drama
At an interview, writer Song Jae Jung of tvN’s “Memories of the Alhambra” revealed how she came up with the idea for the unique drama that combines suspense with an augmented reality game theme in a Spanish setting.
Song Jae Jung is the writer behind several popular dramas like “Queen In Hyun’s Man,” “Nine,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “W.” Her latest drama “Memories of the Alhambra” is another success, with its first episode scoring 7.5% for its viewership ratings and its latest episode (episode 14) reaching approximately 10%.
She explained that after “W,” she was originally thinking of writing a time-slip story as the last part of a three-part series that would include “Queen In Hyun’s Man” and “Nine.” She came up with a story about a man from the future, and that was Yoo Jin Woo (played by Hyun Bin). At the time, the story involved Yoo Jin Woo staying at a hotel room and opening the door to a stranger and who would shoot him with a gun.
She shared, “However, I didn’t feel motivated, and that’s probably because I had already written so many [time-slip stories]. While I was searching for ideas to write about, Pokémon Go was the new craze, so I got curious and tried it out.”
“I didn’t think of doing a video game theme because it didn’t seem possible to recreate a virtual reality like the movie ‘Avatar,'” she continued. “But if it were to involve augmented reality with items [on the screen] like Pokémon Go, it seemed doable. That’s when I dropped the time-slip theme and decided to only keep the character Yoo Jin Woo.”
Meanwhile, “Memories of the Alhambra” is nearing its end with only two episodes remaining. The last two episodes will air on Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. KST.