“Reply” Series And “Prison Playbook” Director Reportedly Working On Medical Drama Next

“Reply” series director Shin Won Ho reportedly has a medical drama in the works, according to a January 22 report by Ilgan Sports.

Medical dramas abound in the K-drama world, but this latest from PD (producing director) Shin Won Ho will be taking a different approach. Rather than hospital politics or medical practices, the usual when it comes to medical projects, the drama will focus on depicting the very human lives of doctors.

PD Shin Won Ho was met with skepticism prior to the airing of his previous drama, tvN’s “Prison Playbook,” which concerned some viewers about potential glamorization of criminals. However, the drama was praised for leaving a message with viewers that was of the opposite sentiment. PD Shin Won Ho’s new medical drama is likewise expected to turn viewer expectation on its head.

The title of the drama has yet to be determined, but meetings with potential cast members have begun, with the director favoring face-to-face meetings with actors in which he explains the drama rather than sending synopses and scripts. There is also talk of the drama being seasonal, to be developed over the course of three years, or three seasons. tvN responded to the report, simply saying that they cannot confirm anything at this time.

PD Shin Won Ho is most well known for the hugely successful “Reply” series — “Reply 1997,” “Reply 1994,” “Reply 1988” — which he followed up with yet another hit, “Prison Playbook.” As such, expectations are high for the director’s next small-screen endeavor.

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