Original 'Homeland' to Get South Korean Adaptation, With Focus on North Korea Conflict

Associated Press
South Korean actor Kim Nam-gil will star in the local version.

It will be the first Asian version of the hit drama from Israel's Keshet Media Group.

The original version of Homeland, Israeli drama Prisoners of War, has sold to South Korea's Star J Entertainment for an adaptation.

The Korean version of the show will star actor Kim Nam-gil, soon to be seen on the big screen in the upcoming Pirates: The Bandit Goes to the Sea, dubbed the Korean Pirates of the Caribbean. The Asian Prisoners adaptation will be jointly produced by Youngbeom Jeong, CEO of Star J Entertainment, ABC consultant Sebastian Lee and Hollywood-based producer Teddy Zee. Early comments from the producers suggest that the tensions between South Korea and North Korea will drive the drama.  

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"We believe that the ongoing conflict between South Korea and North Korea makes the adaptation of Prisoners of War especially compelling and timely," said Zee.

"With this cooperation with Keshet, we hope to expand the influence of the so-called Korean Wave in Asia and beyond," added Lee.  

Since it debuted in Isreal as the top-rated drama of the year in 2011, Keshet International has enjoyed strong international sales for the Prisoners of War format, with the title going to more than 20 territories, including Russia (WeitMedia), Turkey (Medyapim), Australia (SBS), Brazil (Globosat) and the U.S. (Fox21 and Showtime, Homeland).

Alon Shtruzman, CEO Keshet International, said, "We are very excited about the first Asian adaptation of Prisoners of War. I look forward to seeing how the Koreans interpret this incredible story. It's a gem in our portfolio, which is continuously evolving and extending its lifecycle internationally."