Mark your calendars: Fantasy rom-com manhwa adaptation #BrideoftheWaterGod 2017 now officially has a spot on tvN’s upcoming schedule, and will be a Monday-Tuesday drama to follow soon-to-launch sci-fi drama Circle.
I admit to not quite knowing what to expect of this drama, because there are aspects I think I’d enjoy, mixed with some question marks. On one hand, the original premise is chock-full of interesting elements, such as its fusion historical bent, featuring a water god presiding over a drought-stricken land, whose residents offer up a bride as a sacrifice in exchange for rain. The #tvN version, on the other hand, is updating the setting to modern-day Korea rather than Joseon and calling itself a spinoff rather than remake, which seems like a fairly big change. But on the other hand (if you had three hands), there’s nothing that says you can’t make an interesting drama in a new setting.
In the drama, #NamJoohyuk (#WeightliftingFairyKimBokjoo) plays the water god, Ha-baek, with #ShinSekyung (#SixFlyingDragons) playing his human offering-turned-bride, So-ah. #GongMyung (Individualist Ji-young) plays wind god Bi-ryum, who helps Ha-baek and is in love with the (literal) goddess played by #Krystal (#ShessoLovable), Hye-ra, who in turn is in love with Ha-baek, who, of course, falls in love with heroine So-ah. In case you didn’t follow that, just imagine a character chart where the love arrows point from each person to everybody else. It’s basically that.
Bride of the Water God 2017 held its initial script read in March, then began filming shortly thereafter. It’s currently in the thick of production, and still has two months to go before its July premiere, which in dramaland is a decent chunk of time. Let’s hope it makes good use of its ample lead time and delivers on its promise of heightened production quality, which I feel safe entrusting to Misaeng and Arang and the Magistrate writer Jang Yoon-jung and PD Kim Byung-soo of Nine, Queen In-hyun’s Man, and Vampire Prosecutor. Circle will premiere next Monday and will run for 12 episodes, which puts Bride of the Water God’s premiere around the first week of July.