On 19 May 2014, a representative from MBC released an official statement that Lee Young Ae will not be starring in Dae Jang Geum 2, scheduled to be aired in October 2014. She explained it’s due to personal reason, I guess we all know what her reason was. I’m perplexed with MBC’s obsession to make a sequel of monster-rating & very popular drama which was exported to +80 countries Dae Jang Geum. A sequel rarely does well, Lee Young Ae made the right decision.
The rumor that MBC wanted to produce this sequel started back in 2005. Although there were plenty of denials from PD Lee Byung Hoon and Lee Young Ae’s side, MBC stated last March that they will push through Dae Jang Geum 2 to be aired by September / October this year. It’s said that Lee Young Ae was positively considering her return to the small screen in ten years after she met with scriptwriter Kim Young Hyun 2 months ago. Originally, they planned to start filming in China & Korea in March, but because Lee Young Ae hasn’t accepted the role, they postponed the filming. I always took the news about DJG2 with a grain of salt, simply because there were too many unfounded rumors.
With Lee Young Ae’s casting fell through, MBC is now considering their contingency plan – Dae Jang Geum’s remake. Nooooo….. >.< I’m speechless with this news, I don’t want Dae Jang Geum 2, let alone a remake of Dae Jang Geum. Please, just let Dae Jang Geum go.