Skydance Television today announced that it has partnered with CJ ENM, the studio behind the multiple Academy Award-winning Parasite, and its subsidiary Studio Dragon to develop a television series based on the hit South Korean fantasy drama Hotel Del Luna. The new series will be reimagined for a global audience with Alison Schapker (Altered Carbon, Scandal, Fringe) developing and producing as part of her overall deal with Skydance Television.
Hotel Del Luna is a priority for both studios, marking the first of many upcoming co-developments since announcing their strategic partnership earlier this year to create compelling stories with worldwide appeal.
Studio Dragon recently established a U.S. branch and is the first Korean studio to partner with a U.S. production company in the development and production of scripted entertainment. Skydance Television continues to rapidly expand its series development and is currently in various stages of production on multiple series across a wide range of streaming and premium cable platforms.
“At its core, Hotel Del Luna is a spectacular visual fantasy grounded in a story about the importance of human connection, lost loves and unfinished business,” said Bill Bost, President, Skydance Television. “We are excited to be partnering with Alison and Studio Dragon to bring this timeless story to a global audience.”
“We are thrilled to have Alison lead the adaptation of Hotel Del Luna, hopefully our first of many co-development projects with Skydance,” said Hyun Park, Head of Studio Dragon’s Global Division. “We believe Hotel Del Luna will enhance the reputation of Korean storytelling around the world by showcasing the global appeal of our local stories.”
Schapker will serve as executive producer of the series along with Miky Lee, Jinnie Choi, Hyun Park of CJ ENM/Studio Dragon and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost of Skydance Television.
Hotel Del Luna (directed by Oh Chung-hwan and Kim Jung-hyun, written by Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran) aired in 2019 on tvN and was produced by Studio Dragon. The fantasy drama features an elite hotelier who becomes the manager of Hotel Del Luna, a mystical hotel that only caters to spirits at night, after stumbling upon a fateful event. The series was one of the biggest hits of 2019 in the Asian territory.
Alison Schapker serves as showrunner for Skydance Television’s Altered Carbon. Previously, she was a writer and co-executive producer on ABC’s hit Scandal. She is well known for her work on the ABC espionage series Alias and for the FOX science-fiction series Fringe. She has also worked on series such as Charmed, Lost, Almost Human and served as showrunner for two seasons of Brothers & Sisters.
In addition to Schapker, Skydance Television has entered into strategic overall deals with some of the industry’s top producers including David S. Goyer and Nick Santora along with rising talents Olivia Purnell and Lewaa Nasserdeen. Its current television slate includes Netflix’s longest-running series Grace and Frankie, Altered Carbon, Condor, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Foundation and Jack Reacher.
Studio Dragon recently set up Studio Dragon International, its U.S. subsidiary, in Los Angeles. Studio Dragon International will focus on developing and producing U.S. shows, based on existing Studio Dragon IP, as well as original stories. The subsidiary will further showcase the strength and adaptability of Korean IP as well as the creativity of Korea’s best writers and directors.