– The popularity of webtoons has made filmmakers and producers interested in adapting them into Korean dramas.
– The webtoon below already has its fanbase.
Korean Drama Based on Webtoon 2021 – Korean dramas adapted from webtoons are being picked up more and more often from year to year, and many have succeeded in meeting fan expectations. Call it True Beauty or the latest is Love Alarm 2. Both created a positive response throughout the broadcast.
Therefore, it is not surprising that many production houses now prefer webtoons or comics to be serialized, because they already have fans before. In 2021, webtoon readers and Korean drama lovers will be excited, because of the many webtoon adaptation series that will air.
Immediately, look at the Korean drama adaptation of the webtoon which is worth waiting for in 2021.
Adapted from the popular webtoon of the same name, the Korean drama Navillera tells the story of Sim Duk-chool (Park In-hwan), a middle-aged man who started ballet at the age of 70, and Lee Chae-rok (Song Kang), a ballerino alias. A 23-year-old ballet dancer got lost while chasing her dream.
This drama is directed by Han Dong-Hwa who previously worked on Bad Guys 2 and Miss Lee. Besides starring Park In-hwan and Song Kang, this series also stars Na Moon-hee and Hong Seung-hee. The drama is set to air on March 22 on tvN and Netflix.
2. Yumi’s Cells
The webtoon Yumi’s Cells by Lee Dong-geon is also planned to be adapted into a drama. The story is about Yumi, an office worker in her 30s. Her life is seen from the cells in her head that seem to be Yumi’s guides in thinking and behaving.
Studio Dragon and Studio N have started production on Yumi’s Cells, which is planned to start in the first half of this year. The screenplay was worked on by Song Jae-song who previously worked on Memories of the Alhambra, W, Queen Hyun’s Man, and High Kick!. As for the main character, Kim Go-eun is confirmed to play the character Yumi.
Kim Bo-tong’s webtoon DP Dog Day was announced to be adapted into a Korean drama titled D.P. (Desert Pursuit). This drama will focus on a soldier who catches a defector.
Previously, the webtoon writer announced this adaptation plan in 2015. Then, in 2020, it was announced that the series would be a 6-episode Netflix Original. The series will star Jung Hae-in, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim Sung-Kyun, and Son Seok-Koo.
The supernatural webtoon titled Moving by Kang Full tells the story of a high school student who hides a secret from other people and his parents. Reportedly, Mo Wan-il, who previously worked on Misty and A World of Married Couples, will direct this Korean drama. Several Korean actors are currently in the negotiation stage, including Jo In-sung, Han Hyo-Joo, and Cha Tae-Hyun.
5. I Know But
Jung Seo’s romantic webtoon I Know But has been announced for adaptation into a drama series. The webtoon tells of Na Bi who doesn’t believe in love but wants to date. She meets Jae Eon who is tired of dating but is afraid of being single.
This drama will air on JTBC and has started filming at the end of 2020. Directed by Kim Ka-ram, this drakor is planned to star Song Kang and Han So-hee who are currently in talks for the drama.
6. Leave Me Not
Leave Me Not or Are You Living? by Park Sun-Jae and Ra Hee is a musical fantasy romance drama about the love and dreams of young people in their 20s. Tells the story of three Korean music geniuses, namely Park Yeon who comes from the past, Min Yoo-Jung who is a street singer, and Lee Won who is a popular idol.
This drama is claimed to be the first drama that tells the story of time travel and connects the themes of fantasy, music, and romance in it. Several Korean actors will attend, including SF9’s Chani, ‘N.Flying’ Seunghyub, and Park Jung-Yeon.
7. All of Us Are Dead
From the title, you can guess that the webtoon All of Us Are Dead is a mystery or thriller genre. Yep, this webtoon has been confirmed to be ready to be adapted into a zombie-themed Korean series on Netflix. The story of this drama focuses on a group of high school students who are trapped in their school during a zombie virus outbreak. This drama stars Yoon Cha-young, Park Ji-hu, Cho Yi-Hyun, Park Solomon, Yoo In-soo, and Kim Hyun-woo.
The webtoon The Hell by Yeon Sang-ho and Choi Kyu-suk will be adapted into a drama with the title Hellbound. This drama tells the story of what happens suddenly to humans when supernatural events happen to them: either a miracle or a curse.
This drama will be a Netflix Original series with 6 episodes directed by Yeon Sang-ho, the director of the films Train to Busan (2016) and Peninsula (2020). This drama will star Yoo Ah-in, Park Jung-min, Kim Hyun-Joo, Won Jin-ah, and more.
The webtoon Annarasumanara by Ha Il-Kwon tells the story of Yun Ai who loses her dream of becoming a magician and lives in difficult circumstances. He meets a magician and gradually begins to want to make his dream come true.
This drama will be directed by Kim Sung-Yoon, who previously directed the Love in the Moonlight and Itaewon Class series. This drama will be adapted into a Netflix Original series that will star Ji Chang-Wook, Hwang In-yeop, and Choi Sung-eun.
10. Office Blind Date
office Blind Date is one of the best-selling Korean comics of 2018 in a webtoon which previously also best-selling in web novels in 2017. Office Blind Date tells the story of an office romance that focuses on Shin Ha-ri who goes on a blind date on behalf of her friend. His blind date partner is his boss. Ha-ri hides her identity.
Recently, there was news that Jo Bo-ah was in talks to become the character Shin Ha-ri. Besides Bo-ah, actor Ahn Hyo-seop is also being picked up by a production house. This Korean drama will be directed by Suspicious Partner, Park Sun-ho.
From the list above, which drama are you most looking forward to? Did the cast live up to expectations?