International on-demand video streaming service iQIYI International yesterday announced its first Korean Original, My Roommate is a Gumiho, based on one of Korea’s most popular webtoons called Living Together (간 떨어지는 동거).
The series is a romantic horror comedy drama written by Baek Sun-woo and Choi Bo-rim (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim), and directed by Nam Sung-woo (Kkondae Intern). Co-produced with leading production companies Studio Dragon and JTBC Studio, the show has been highly anticipated since the webtoon series gained popularity in 2017.
Jang Ki Yong stars as the titular Gumiho – a nine-tailed fox spirit – who has spent the last 999 years trying to attain human form. Just as he is about to succeed, he bumps into a college student, played by Lee Hyeri, who accidentally swallows his gumiho pearl, without which he cannot become human. To find out how to extract the pearl from her body, she has no choice but to live in fear with him as roommates for three months, bringing about unexpected consequences.
“iQIYI International is thrilled to produce My Roommate is a Gumiho as our first Korean Original show. We are privileged to work together with some of Korea’s greatest storytellers like Baek Sun-woo, Choi Bo-rim, and Nam Sung-woo to turn this fantastical tale into a high quality series for fans of the beloved webtoon series, as well as iQIYI fans around the world. This is a first step in the long journey of bringing more beloved Asian stories to a global audience,” said Kuek Yu-Chuang, Vice President of International Business for iQIYI International.
Series Director, Nam Sung-woo, said, “I’m excited to bring to life one of Korea’s most anticipated webtoon dramas and share it with the world through iQIYI International. iQIYI has been a great partner who deeply understands our passion for authentic Asian storytelling and has the ambition as well as ability to share it with fans worldwide. We hope everyone will support the stars Jang Ki Yong and Lee Hyeri, and enjoy watching the show as much as we enjoyed creating it.”
My Roommate is a Gumiho will be streamed exclusively on iQIYI International in 2021, on www.iQ.com, or via the iQIYI International mobile app. Subtitles for the show will also be available in 8 different languages.