Breaking Bad gets a four-season remake in South Korea
Despite the original series' success, netizens are skeptical about its upcoming Asian version
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The crime series Breaking Bad, one of the most popular American dramas of all time, is reportedly getting remade into a South Korean version.
Park Bum-Hoon, a producer from production company JP E&M, has stated that Lee Chang-Yeol will direct the remake and that it’s already planned for four seasons.
For actors in South Korea, consider this a casting call; the series is still looking for a male lead.
“We are working on a Korean version remake in collaboration with Sony Pictures, which has the copyright to ‘Breaking Bad’," states Bum-Hoon according to an exclusive report by The Hankyoreh newspaper on February 14.
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Premiering in 2008 on AMC, Breaking Bad is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The series follows Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) who goes from high school chemistry teacher to kingpin in the local methamphetamine drug trade, Partnering up with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul), White is driven by his inoperable lung cancer diagnosis to provide for his family.
Despite the original series being a global hit, mixed reactions have followed the announcement of the South Korean remake.
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While some have shown their interest in seeing South Korea’s Breaking Bad, others have said “Stay out of my territory.”, calling into question the series’ ability to deal with drug use since South Korea has strict laws about illegal substances.
Some other skeptical comments from netizens:
“Why...? It doesn't fit our culture very well."
"I don't think it can be made as well as the original, so why remake it?"
"Mass production of methamphetamine in Korea? lol"
"In Korea, camping cars stand out so much hahaha."
Whatever the opinion, Breaking Bad South Korea is coming. Be ready…unlike Walter White in the clip below.
Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.