Since writing an article for The Silver Petticoat Review where I created dream casts for fairytales that I want to see onscreen (i.e. East of the Wind, West of the Sun with Tom Hiddleston as the Prince!), I started thinking up ideas for K-dramas that would be awesome to see onscreen.
Just like Hollywood, K-media is no stranger to adapting material – whether manga (Boys Before Flowers), international shows (The Good Wife, Scarlet Heart), etc. So here is a favorite book (with a lot of great adaptations) that I think needs a K-drama rendition:
Good-hearted Jim Hawkins is left a treasure map by an ex-pirate who warns him of the one-legged pirate who is still after the map. With the help of a sponsor, Jim joins a ship as a cabin boy and goes after the treasure. But a pirate uprising on the ship, led by Jim’s new friend, Long-John Silver, threatens the safety of everyone.
I love pirate stories and Treasure Island is probably the most popular pirate tale that has been written (the author even created the usual pirate tropes like walking off the plank, etc). I can totally see a pirate K-drama that would be epic and boss and so much fun! Sagueks (historical K-dramas) primarily focus on royalty and the life and politics of court, so a drama focused more on the sea and treasure would be a fun change!
My Dream Cast
Jim Hawkins – Yeo Jin Goo would be an ideal Jim Hawkins. He’s only 19 which would make him a perfect choice to play a young and innocent kid on search for treasure. He’s a talented (now grown up) child actor with lots of saguek experience under his belt – his latest drama was The Royal Gambler/Jackpot where he managed to shine despite the show’s flaws.
Runner up choice – Kim Soo-Hyun. Though he’s 29, Soo-Hyun has a remarkably young face and could pass for a 20-something kid. A fabulous actor, he has starred in popular dramas like My Love From Another Star, Dream High and The Moon Embracing the Sun.
Long-John Silver – Shin Sung-Rok as Captain Silver! Yes, yes! Though Liar Game is my favorite role of his, he played a fun villain in My Love From Another Star and recently starred in On The Way To the Airport. Shin Sung-Rok oozes onscreen charisma and would totally shine in the role of the charming, roguish Captain Silver.
Runner up choice – Jang Hyuk. He’s awesome in everything he does. I fell in love with him in Tree With Deep Roots, but he’s been in a myriad of dramas – Chuno, Beautiful Mind, Fated to Love You. Jang Hyuk always feels like he’s throwing himself 100% into his roles. He has a wonderful onscreen charm that would go well with a Captain Silver character.