Director Baek Sang-hoon has left the KBS television network. During his time as a PD for KBS Baek Sang-hoon was responsible for such hits as "Descendants of the Sun" and "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds". He was recently announced as the director for Lee Min-ho's upcoming drama "The King: Forever Sovereign" along with screenwriter Kim Eun-sook.
Baek Sang-hoon became a big name after the breakout success of "Descendants of the Sun". At that drama's conclusion he seemed inclined to leave the network, but was talked into remaining to do work on "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds". Both dramas were major successes for a director who got his start with drama specials, debuting with "Drama School - My Prettiest Days" in 2012.
The lack of any major credits since "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" would seem to be a likely major reason for his departure. Getting Lee Min-ho to commit to "The King: Forever Sovereign" as his first drama after mandatory military service likely guarantees that the new drama can be easily sold to just about anyone. That "The King: Forever Sovereign" is also a collaboration with "Descendants of the Sun" scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook further raises the drama's profile.
"The King: Forever Sovereign" is a fantasy drama about demons and parallel worlds. It's still in the early planning stages, and is expected to appear sometime in 2020.
Written by William Schwartz
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