Netflix has announced (30 November) there will be a twelve episode remake of Le Casa de Papel (Money Heist) in Korean.
Here on Cultbox we appreciate how Netflix is taking shows from across the world and making then accessible to audiences who would otherwise be constrained to a diet of home-grown (or US) culture. We’re already fans of shows such as The Gift and Paranormal, and we are interested to see how this new series performs. There is already a fair amount of Korean sourced content on Netflix UK (much of which is animated or YA) and the Korean media industry has demonstrated its skills many times, including Oscar winning film Parasite.
Set on the Korean peninsula, the Korean adaptation of La casa de papel (Money Heist) will be directed by Kim Hong-sun, who has helmed TV dramas like The Guest, Voice, and Black and is known as a giant in the fantasy crime genre. Ryu Yong-jae and his team, whose credits include the Netflix original series My Holo Love and tvN series Psychopath Diary, will be the screenwriters for the show. The production is a collaboration between BH Entertainment and Contents Zium.
Alex Pina, Creator and Executive Producer of La casa de papel said:
“Korean creators have been developing their own language and audiovisual culture for years. They have managed, like our series, to go beyond cultural borders and become a point of reference for thousands of viewers around the world, especially among young people.” He added, “That is why I find it fascinating that the world of La casa de papel is so attractive to Korean creators as to do an adaptation. The fact that the action is set on the Korean Peninsula also seems to me to be a milestone which I am really delighted about.”
The press release also gives a sense of the success of the original show: Since Part 1 premiered in 2017, the heist of La casa de papel has been storming the world. More than 65 million member households chose to watch Part 4 of the Spanish language series in the first four weeks of its release in April 2020, and the 5th and final part of La casa de papel is currently in production.
There is no news, yet, of when we might see season 5 of Money Heist, though sometime 2021 seems a reasonable assumption. The trailer for season 4 is available here.