‘Goblin’ Hollywood Remake: Keanu Reeves Approved For Lead Role?

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Gong Yoo as Kim Shin on "Goblin" / Youtube screenshot

As tvN's Korean drama "Goblin" continues to be popular across Asia, rumors are pointing out to a possible American remake soon.

The modern fantasy drama has aired only few episodes, but it has garnered numerous positive feedback and massive supporters in Asia. In effect, speculations have risen that Hollywood is in talks to make an American version of the drama. According to Inquistr, Keanu Reeves is speculated to play the lead role of the goblin.

If the rumor turns out to be true, then it will be the second time that Hollywood produces a show based on a popular K-drama. In 2008, "My Sassy Girl", which starred Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse Bradford, hit the theaters. The film was based on a 2001 South Korean romantic comedy drama of the same title.

However, there is no official announcement whether this rumor is true.

Meanwhile, statistics published by Nielsen Korea show that "Goblin" has topped the list of most popular dramas, scoring a record-breaking 7,449 points on the TV popularity index. It had effectively beat Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun's "The Legend of the Blue Sea", Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung's "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" and Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo's "Descendants of the Sun."

"Descendants of the Sun" scored 5,260 when it was aired, while "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" and "The Legend of the Blue Sea" garnered scored 4,720 and 4,315 points, respectively.

"Goblin" is a story about an immortal goblin (Gong Yoo) who lives with a Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) in the human world. Hemust find a bride, possibly in the Kim Go Eun's character, in order to end his immortal life. "Goblin" is directed by Lee Eung Bok and written by Kim Eun Sook. It airs Fridays and Saturdays on tvN.