âBecause the original webtoon, written and drawn by author Lee Dong-gun, was such a popular work and loved by many readers, I was very worried and had a lot to consider. But I was happy to hear that the first season of ‘Yumi’s Cells’ was produced well in that it was very similar to the original web comics, âLee said in an online interview with reporters on Friday.
The webtoon has racked up over 3.2 billion views and over 5 million comments over the past five years.
The drama series, a combination of live action and animation scenes, follows Yumi, a woman in her 30s, navigating the ups and downs of everyday life and her 200 brain cells. Cells, which appear as animated human-like characters, control Yumi’s emotions, thoughts, and actions.
When choosing the actor for the role of Yumi, Lee looked for a person with positive energy.
âDuring the process of finding the actor to become our Yumi, we looked for actors of the same age as Yumi. The actor also had to show positive energy, which is the original character’s greatest charm. Kim Go -a was our response, âthe director said.
Upon first reading the cast’s script, screenwriter Song Jae-jeong marveled at the cast’s performance.
âI wasn’t sure the actors matched the characters until I read the script for the first time. But I was impressed with both actors Kim Go-eun and Ahn Bo-hyun from the first episode until the end of season 1. I’m honored and happy to work with such gorgeous actors, âSong added.
Song, who is widely credited with working on hit dramas including “W” and “Queen and I”, shared an interesting story about why she chose “Yumi’s Cells”.
âWhile working with the script for ‘Yumi’s Cells’, I recognized that I had written many projects that were closely related to stories on new dimensions. Like âQueen and Iâ and âMemories of the Alhambra,â I was drawn to âYumi’s Cells,â because it was also a series involving different dimensions, âSong said.
The director, when asked what he thought of the first season, said the excellent performance came from incredible teamwork.
âWhen we formed the production team for the show, most of our staff were already huge fans of the original webtoon. Some people have told me that they might get angry if other people do. working on this project. Everyone was very eager to deliver the energy and the beautiful stories of the original ‘Yumi’s Cells’ and I think viewers recognized our efforts, âLee told the Korea Herald.
Although the production was difficult, co-writer Kim Yun-ju was sure viewers enjoyed the dramatic version.
âI was very nervous and felt the pressure on how viewers and fans would view our ‘Yumi Cells’. But I felt relieved after watching myself enjoy the first episode,â said Kim.
Season 2 of âYumi’s Cellâ is currently in production and the release date has yet to be confirmed.
By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])