Seeking to expand its international slate, Apple TV+ will soon introduce its first Korean-language project with a series order for the sci-fi thriller, Dr. Brain. The visionary filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon will write and direct the series based on the widely popular Korean webtoon and will star SAG Award-winner Lee Sun-Kyun (Parasite).
Dr. Brain follows the emotional journey of a brain scientist who is fixated on figuring out new technologies to access the consciousness and memories of the brain. When his family falls prey to a mysterious accident, he uses his skills to access his wife’s memories and try to piece together the mystery of what happened to his family and why.
Production on the series is now underway in South Korea and is set to debut later this year on the streamer. Dr. Brain is produced for Apple TV+ by Korea-based studio Bound Entertainment together with Kakao Entertainment, Studioplex and Dark Circle Pictures. Kim Jee-Woon serves as executive producer alongside Samuel Yeunju Ha, the executive producer behind Kim Jee-Woon’s Illang: The Wolf Brigade and Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja. Ham Jung Yeub and Daniel Han will executive produce for Studioplex, and Joy Jinsoo Lee and Min Young Hong serve as executive producers for Kakao Entertainment.
The series will join a growing slate of Apple Original international dramas, that include Soo Hugh’s highly anticipated Korean, Japanese, and English-language drama series Pachinko starring renowned actor Lee Min Ho; Eugenio Derbez’s new Spanish and English language half-hour comedy series, Acapulco; and the high-paced thriller Suspicion based on the award-winning Israeli series False Flag starring Uma Thurman.