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KBS-Korea plans blockbuster spy action drama Prometheus for 2018

KBS, the national broadcaster of South Korea has announced a grand-scale action thriller drama called Prometheus: War of Fire for their 2018 line up. Planning for this project commenced last year, but the station has kept it under wraps until now and is expecting to start the casting phase soon. Filming is being planned for the first half of next year.

Just by reading Prometheus’s short synopsis, the show sounds remarkably reminiscent of another KBS blockbuster spy action drama, IRIS. With recent escalated tensions over North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, though, it might be interesting—or terrifying—to watch a dramatization of current events.

KBS really isn’t holding back on the scale of this drama: Filming will include five overseas locations, and the show will reportedly cost 30 billion won (roughly $30 million, for those of you in the States). And in addition to casting top actors for its lead roles, the producers of Prometheus are also reportedly looking to Hollywood to find actors for their substantial number of non-Korean roles. Producers are already in negotiations to pre-sell rights to the show to an “online platform with a global distribution network”, so it sounds like there’s some buzz about Prometheus beyond just Korea.