Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon, a popular series that aired back in February 2017 on the Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company (JTBC), is the next K-drama to get an American adaption.
According to Korean news outlet Naver, Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon is being prepared for a U.S. television adaption. Also from their initial report, they provided an American network which would most-likely air the series.
“There is positive discussion ongoing with CBS currently being the most likely broadcaster.”Industry Representative (Entertainment Naver)
Differences between the original and the remake
Subsequent reports revealed more reported details of the upcoming American adaption. Melissa Scrivner-Love, the screenwriter for Fear the Walking Dead, has signed on to adapt the drama for American audiences.
In the K-drama, Do Bong-Soon (Park Bo-Young) is a petite, cute girl who has uncanny strength. She hides it from her crush Guk-doo (Ji Soo) as she thinks he will find her unappealing if he knew. It is when Bong-Soon works as security for Ahn Min-Hyuk (Park Hyung-Sik), a CEO of a gaming company, that she realizes he finds her strength sexy.
The American adaption apparently is nothing like the K-drama. Rayna, who will reportedly be played by WWE superstar and current WWE RAW women’s champion Ronda Rousey, is a former war photographer who discovers she is indestructible. She is hired on as a bodyguard for a billionaire named Oliver (unnamed male lead at the moment) who recognizes her potential.
Giving the American adaptation a chance
The announcement for the Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon American adaption mostly received critical response especially from fans of the K-drama. However, there are some reasons we should give the American adaption a chance.
For starters, American audiences differ greatly from the audiences K-dramas attract. That is why the first K-drama to American drama adaption, The Good Doctor, did so well. It utilized the plot but adjusted to American audiences’ tastes. This is also good for the actors as American actors usually don’t have to express the girth of emotions Korean actors show.
As a matter of fact, when an American adaption tried to be an “American clone” of a K-drama, it did poorly. Case and point: God’s Gift.
Ultimately, the American adaption of Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon may be good on its own. This doesn’t mean it will be popular among K-drama fans of the original, but if it does well for American audiences, which is the audience the drama will attempt to appease, then it will be a success.
For American audiences interested in the K-drama, Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon is available to watch for free, with ads, on Rakuten Viki and OnDemandKorea. It is also available to subscribers on Netflix.