NHK Drama Being Adapted in South Korea


NHK Enterprises (NEP) and the South Korean production house Big Ocean ENM have inked a deal for an adaptation of the drama I’ll Still Love You Ten Years from Now.

I’ll Still Love You Ten Years from Now aired on NHK in 2010. The romantic dramedy sees a woman’s future husband travel ten years back through time to stop her from marrying him in the present because their marriage has completely fallen apart in the future.

The screenplay is from Omori Mika (Buzzer Beat, Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler, Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusai’s Daughter, Here Comes Asa!, Reach Beyond the Blue Sky, Saint).

The Korean screenplay will be written by Kim Jae-hwan (Operation Chromite). Big Ocean ENM plans to start filming at the end of this year, with a view to making a dozen 65-minute episodes.

The deal marks NHK’s first adaptation agreement with an international partner.

NEP’s general manager of content distribution, Yonemura Yuko, commented: “We’re thrilled about this first-ever adaptation licensing deal for an NHK drama. Big Ocean ENM is a real success among South Korean production houses, so we’re excited to see how it adapts this drama. NHK’s dramas have been selling well internationally, and we’ve always hoped to license more scripted formats. This deal will give us momentum to do more.”

Big Ocean ENM producer Lee Seri said: “We’re delighted that such outstanding content has brought NEP and Big Ocean ENM together as partners. We’re getting ready to devote all our energy to the adaptation so as to make it a success in South Korea and more widely around the world.”

Jae-hwan added: “When I first saw this drama, it struck me as a profound, new way to look at love. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to adapt it for South Korea. I’m thrilled that I now have the opportunity.”