TV Dramas From Turkey Draw Hollywood’s Eye

This story first appeared in the July 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. our editor recommends Anti-Piracy Efforts, Turkey, Web TV to Boost Middle East Pay TV Business Looking for the next hot TV drama? Head to Istanbul. Sure, Israel, which produced the original versions of Showtime’s Homeland and HBO’s In Treatment, still is a go-to foreign territory for network execs.

According to the Korea Film Council (KOFIC), the number of Hollywood remakes of Korean films has been sharply rising since late 2000s. Korean melodrama Il Mare directed by Lee Hyeon-seung was reworked as The Lake House, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, the first-ever Hollywood version of a Korean film in 2007. In 2008, the new Mirrors, casting Kiefer Sutherland, was spawned from the Korean original Into the Mirror starring Yoo Ji-tae.The Hollywood version of My Sassy Girl, one of the representative works by Jun Ji-hyun and Cha Tae-hyun, was remade with the same title. However, such remakes have not often been successful as changes to the originals can be awkward and cultural differences remain huge. Also, the films copyrights sold to the Hollywood studios dont necessarily lead to actual productions or releases to the public as the cost and time needed to adapt them for a totally new audience is challenging.

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