Bandai Namco announced that they’re producing a Korean live-action drama for The Idolmaster series in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The company will begin holding an audition starting late-April in Seoul, Korea.
Here’s some more information from the press release:
An audition within the production – applauding unique characteristics of the video game.
The television drama THE [email protected] takes different perspectives from its original video game series to unfold the storyline. The show will capture each character’s progress to become an idol star and friendships beneath vigorous trainingsat an Korean entertainment production company (release dates: TBA).
The Idolmasteris a famousJapanese simulation video game published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Inc. in 2005. The game allows a user to play a role of a producer who trains pop star contestants bymolding their talents to become idol stars. This very motto of the game will be implemented in THE [email protected] audition when selecting casting members for the TV show by voting from all around the world.
The fifteen finalists will be determined by online voters via various social media channels. This opens up opportunities for the voters to take joy in watching the progress of their contestants becoming idol stars in the real world as well as in the television show. More detailed information will be posted on the website, www.idolmaster-kr.com on April 15th.
Unlike the usual route of transferring novels or comic series into TV shows, adapting a Japanese video game into a Korean television drama is a first attempt to come forward with avant-garde TV entertainment.
Greetings from Youzo Sakagami, Chief Producer of The Idolmaster
“It’s a great news to congratulate that Japan’s beloved video game, The Idolmaster, has inspired [email protected], a new Korean television drama, to launch. This project provides a unique opportunity to witness simulated characters come alive onto TV screens. The Idolmasterfans, please support your new idols in [email protected]!