Posted by : AndiSweets July 08, 2013
Boys Over Flowers, one of the most well known and influential dramas in the Kpop industry may possibly be remade in America sometime soon. On June 25th, Wazego Collective posted a kickstarter page, hoping to raise enough funds to properly launch the project. They have until July 15th to reach their goal amount and if they are successful, Wazego plans on airing the series on their Roku channel later in the year.
As you may already know, Boys Over Flowers is based off of a popular manga series titled Hana Yori Dango. It has been seen in a number of drama remakes such as the Japanese drama under the same title and the Taiwanese version, Meteor Garden. Each remake has managed to incorporate the core story while managing to add their own respective cultural flavors to keep it interesting without rehashing the same thing over and over again.
So what does that mean if we Americanize the story? Here is a list of some theories I have:
◊ The female and male protagonist will be overly sexualized. Of course, this isn't always the case with American shows but it's a highly common occurrence to see shows filled with heavy sexual undertones.
◊ The series will be darker and more serious. American media sometimes has a hard time mixing drama with comedy without leaning heavily towards one side or the other. I'm not placing any heavy bets on this being the case but I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out that way.
◊ Integral parts of the story will be left out or changed. We all know that when it comes to remakes in America, the stories are almost always warped to favor a more unique plot line or to spice things up. Don't expect the main plot to stick closely to the original story.
Wazego have stated that they have already written up the script and promise to stay as close to the original plot as possible but should we actually believe them?