Update: “Arthdal Chronicles” Confirmed To Start Production On 2nd Season This Year
Updated February 13 KST:
“Arthdal Chronicles” is confirmed to return with a new season!
Following the previous reports of a second season, another report stated that Kim Kyu Tae and Hong Jong Chan will be directing the second season. Kim Kyu Tae previously directed dramas including “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” “Iris,” “That Winter, The Wind Blows,” and “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo.” Hong Jong Chan has worked on dramas such as “Dear My Friends,” “Life,” and “Her Private Life.”
In response to the reports, tvN confirmed, “The second season of ‘Arthdal Chronicles’ is being prepared with an aim to begin filming in the second half of the year.”
tvN further explained, “The exact timing along with the directors and actors are still being discussed.”
On February 13 KST, Ilgan Sports reported that tvN’s “Arthdal Chronicles” is gearing up production for a new season.
According to the report, “Arthdal Chronicles” will begin production on its second season in either September or October at the latest. Song Joong Ki, Jang Dong Gun, Kim Ji Won, and Kim Ok Bin are expected to reprise their roles, as well as all the other cast members who were not killed off in the first season. The production staff are reportedly working on coming up with a schedule that will accommodate the main actors.
The director, however, will reportedly be changed. The first season was directed by Kim Won Suk (“Incomplete Life,” “Signal,” “My Mister“) but he had stated from the beginning that he would only direct one season of the show. Moreover, Kim Won Suk has left the production company Studio Dragon (which produces “Arthdal Chronicles”) and is now working with KakaoM, making the chance of his return to “Arthdal” even unlikelier.
“Arthdal Chronicles” is an epic fantasy drama about heroes who make their own legends in the mythical land of Arth. The first season aired in three parts (six episodes per part) for a total of 18 episodes last year. It reportedly cost over 50 billion won (about $42.4 million) to produce.
Because the show was always intended to run for multiple seasons, the first season had an ambiguous ending. However, lackluster viewership ratings and mixed audience reactions during the first season threw its future into doubt. The show drew unfavorable comparisons with “Game of Thrones,” and there were reports that the overseas filming in Brunei had created unfair working conditions for the production staff. However, there were also some indications that Part 3 had more positive feedback among audience members.
Are you hoping to see a new season of “Arthdal Chronicles?”