Webcomics are increasingly becoming popular as they trend worldwide. With new stories being released weekly it’s no surprise there are more adaptations being released. Here is a new roundup of some webcomics to check out before their adaptation hits the screen.
Fans of Alice’s Oseman’s graphic novel series Heartstopper will be excited to hear new casting updates for the upcoming Netflix series adaptation. Heartstopper tells the story of Nick and Charlie who are two British teens at an all-boys grammar school. They become friends, and soon Charlie falls hard for Nick, but will love work in his favor? The series will be directed by Euros Lyn known for her work on Doctor Who. Joe Locke and Kit Connor are set to playing the lead characters and they will be joined by Yasmin Finney who was cast in Billy Porter’s What If?. Additionally, William Gao, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood, and Game of Thrones actor Sebastian Croft will play roles in the series. No release date has been announced yet.
Lead singer of K-Pop band CNBLUE and actor, Yonghwa, is currently in talks to play a leading role in a new drama titled Groundless. Yonghwa made his TV debut in the K-drama You’re Beautiful and has also played roles in dramas such as Heartstrings and The Three Musketeers. The series is in discussion to be released on Disney Plus’s streaming service which will also launch in South Korea in late 2021. Groundless is a Korean webtoon that debuted in 2020 on Naver and is a romantic comedy about the “groundless” love story of a person who believes in premarital purity and another who believes in celibacy.
Drunk City Women
TVing’s newest original drama series will be based on the Korean webcomic Drunk City Women. The series follows three younger working women as they relax after a long day after work with drinks. Lee Sun Bin will play the role of a broadcasting station writer, Ahn So Hee. Sunhwa will take on the role of a lovely yoga instructor, Han Ji Yeo. A Pink’s Eunji will play the role of a YouTuber Kang Ji Goo and Super Junior’s Siwon will act as Kang Buk Goo, a fellow broadcasting station PD of Ahn So Hee. The series is set to premiere in the latter half of 2021.
The Jinx’s Lover
The Jinx’s Lover is a fantasy romance drama based on a webcomic of the same name and is directed by Yoon Sang Ho of River Where the Moon Rises, which took home the Best TV Drama Award at 48th Korea Broadcasting Awards. The story follows a man who has come to terms with his unlucky fate and a goddess who has jumped into the real world to break her curse. The drama is slated to start filming in the second half of 2021. Na In Woo is confirmed to star as lead character Gong Soo Kwang and Girls Generation’s Seohyun is set to play the role of the goddess Lee Seul-Bi.
Tomorrow is a webcomic adaptation that is set to air on MBC in 2022. The webcomic follows a young job seeker, Choi Joon-Woong, who can’t get a job. Choi JunWoong falls into a coma due to an accident and enters the Special Crises Management Team of the underworld. He ends up helping people in crisis by working as the youngest contractor of a special crisis management team. Kim Hee-Seon, known for dramas such as Angry Mom and The Lady in Dignity, is confirmed to play the role of Black angels leader Gu Ryeon.
Oksu Station Ghost
If the title Oksu Station Ghost rings a bell, you might remember that the 2011 horror webtoon went viral and left readers feeling chilled to the bone. The webcomic follows the mysterious happenings that occur over and over again at Oksu Station. Oksu Station Ghost will be adapted into a film with Kim Bo Ra and N.Flying’s Kim Jae Hyun starring as the lead roles. Kim Jae Hyun will play Oksu Station public service worker Choi Woo Won, who is preparing for his civil service exam. After witnessing a shocking incident at his workplace, he recruits his friend Na Young (Bo Ra) to help uncover the truth behind Oksu Station. This film will be directed by Jung Yong Gi known for movies such as Marrying the Mafia film series. The film was written by legendary horror film screenwriter Hiroshi Takahashi who is famous for the movie Ringu. The film will premiere in 2022.
If you love to watch a good mystery drama, you may want to add Crime Puzzle to your watch list. The webcomic is about a criminal psychologist who is sent to prison for murdering a political candidate. It also follows a criminal profiler who loses her father to the murder and is conducting interviews with the murderer for a case that occurs within the prison. The webcomic was originally released in 2015 on BookCube and is currently being provided on many web platforms. This webcomic has a suspenseful plot that will have readers putting together the pieces of the mystery. Yoon Kye Sang is confirmed to play the role of the criminal psychologist and Ko Ah-Sung as a criminal profiler, Yoo Hee. The drama is set to start airing in October.
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