NBC is set to make TV history by developing a Korean family drama with a nearly all-Asian cast and the network is looking to work with “Sleepy Hollow” co-showrunner Albert Kim.
The yet-to-be-titled series already has a script commitment at NBC, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It revolves around a family-owned Korean electronics business that struggles after the death of its CEO, who dies on the eve of their subsidiary launch in America.
A previously unknown heir is listed in his will — a woman who was raised in the U.S., unaware of her elite status.
Set to inherit fame and wealth, her story has been described by the Hollywood Reporter as a “Shakespearean battle for power amongst her newfound siblings in the L.A.-based drama.”
Kim based the concept of the show on Korean chaebols, multinational business conglomerates such as Samsung that are operated by single ruling families.
If Kim’s script makes it to air, it will be the first American network drama that features an almost entirely Asian cast, according to the A.V. Club.
They say, ‘write the show you want to see.’ It’s what I’m trying to do. https://t.co/vZ5btpQqZc
— Albert Kim (@MagicBranch) November 15, 2017
Kim, who is set to write the script and executive produce the series along with Taiwanese-born American film producer Dan Lin, was in a multiple-network bidding war for the project before landing at NBC.
Writing on Twitter on Wednesday, Kim said his first pitch to different networks was, “This is a story I’ve wanted to tell my whole life.”
Featured Image via Twitter / @MagicBranch