Famed Korean screenwriter Kim Young-hyun has denied reports that the upcoming historical drama, “Female Physician Dae Jang-geum” is a sequel to her previously penned series, “Dae Jang-geum” (aka “Jewel in the Palace”).
As reported on JoongAng Daily, the writer, who released a statement via her agency, KPJ, stated that the new series is neither a spinoff nor a sequel to the 2003 drama series and it has nothing to do with the said drama.
“The 2003 MBC drama ‘Dae Jang Geum’ is an original content created by writer Kim Young-hyun, who holds the rights to all the characters, story and episodes of the work,” KPJ added, stating that Kim only found out about the project through media reports.
The original series, which stars Lee Young-ae, was a huge hit both in Korea and overseas, enabling Lee to win various accolades and become one of the most sought-after actresses at the time.
Last week, it was reported that Lee has already agreed to star in the new series, which will be produced by Fantagio. The company also stated that they have signed a screenwriter last June and will begin shooting in October.