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Apple takes on TV series based on Korean American novel

Min Jin Lee. From PBS Books via YouTube.

Tech giant Apple has bought the rights to develop an international drama series based on Korean American Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel Pachinko, according to the Hollywood Reporter. With movies starring Asian leads like Crazy Rich Asians and Searching coming out, news of more Asian roles is adding to the excitement.

Pachinko is an intergenerational story of a Korean immigrant family, taking place in Korea, Japan, and America. The drama adaptation will also be told in three languages: Korean, Japanese, and English.

Pachinko is the latest major production with an Asian-dominated cast, announced just as breakthrough movie Crazy Rich Asians is to be released next week, reports Quartz.

Related: Author Min Jin Lee’s Honored For Her Fictional Approach Towards Social Justice

Soo Hugh will be writing the script and serving as executive producer and showrunner. Hugh is one of the few Korean American female showrunners in the industry.

Soo Hugh. From BUILD Series via YouTube.

“History is the record of human imagination, will and decisions,” author Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “I cannot imagine a greater team than the women and men of Apple, Media Res, William Morris Entertainment and the brilliant showrunner, Soo Hugh, to translate Pachinko, a novel of history, into a visual story for a global audience. I am honored by their faith and feel confident of their powerful and ground-breaking vision in making history anew.”

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