Suriname (working title), director Yoon Jong Bin’s new work starring Ha Jung Woo and Hwang Jung Min, has suspended its production in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to the sources from the Korean movie scene on April 2, all of the production staff for Suriname were recently disbanded. The entire production plan related to the work has also been delayed for an indefinite period. Based on the true story of a Korean who became a drug lord in Suriname, the small country in South America, Suriname was originally scheduled to be made as a 10-episode blockbuster drama with a huge budget of 40 billion KRW (approximately 32.44 million USD).
The production team of Suriname, planning to film the drama on location in the Dominican Republic at the end of this year, was going to leave for the country to check on the local conditions. Unfortunately, all of those schedules has been stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. As a result, the officials involved in the production of Suriname eventually disbanded its staff and decided to see what would be ahead of themselves.
Meanwhile, other movies such as The Kidnapping and The Negotiation (both are the literally translated titles), respectively starring Ha Jung Woo and Hwang Jung Min, have also postponed its filming because of the new Coronavirus.