The next hit K-drama?

Legend Of The Blue Sea stars Gianna Jun (above) and Lee Min Ho.
Legend Of The Blue Sea stars Gianna Jun (above) and Lee Min Ho.PHOTO: ONE
Legend Of The Blue Sea stars Gianna Jun and Lee Min Ho (above).
Legend Of The Blue Sea stars Gianna Jun and Lee Min Ho (above).PHOTO: ONE

Legend Of The Blue Sea, the K-drama that features superstars Lee Min Ho and Gianna Jun and which looks to be a sure-fire hit, will premiere exclusively on pay-television channel One in Singapore on Nov 17.

The eagerly anticipated show is by screenwriter Park Ji Eun, who also wrote the mega hit My Love From The Star (2013-2014).

Inspired by a Choson dynasty (1392-1910) story about a fisherman who catches and releases a mermaid, the drama will star Lee (The Inheritors, 2013) in a dual role, as the son of a noble family in imperial Korea and a modern-day con artist.

Returning to TV after she gave birth to a boy in February, Jun (My Love) will play a mermaid who ends up in Seoul. Legend will feature underwater scenes filmed in the island nation of Palau and the coastal scenery of Spain.

Industry watchers have predicted that the show may break the sales record set by Descendants Of The Sun, according to The Korea Herald. A Chinese media company is said to have offered 590 million won (S$715,000) an episode for rights to Legend.

Forbes.com said Chinese online video firm iQiyi paid US$250,000 (S$345,000) an episode to stream Descendants in China.

•Legend Of The Blue Sea will air on One (StarHub TV Channel 820 and Singtel TV Channel 513) on Thursdays and Fridays at 8.10pm from Nov 17.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2016, with the headline 'The next hit K-drama?'. Print Edition | Subscribe