‘Parasite’ Star Lee Sun Kyun to Lead Apple Sci-Fi Thriller Series ‘Dr. Brain’

Korean-language project from filmmaker Kim Jee Woon is an adaptation of the webtoon of the same name

Lee Sun Kyun
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Apple TV+ has picked up a Korean-language adaptation of the popular webtoon “Dr. Brain,” the streamer announced Wednesday.

Korean filmmaker Kim Jee Woon, known for “I Saw the Devil” and the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led “The Last Stand,” will serve as writer and director on the series, with “Parasite” star Lee Sun Kyun to lead the cast.

The project is described as “an emotional journey that follows a brain scientist who is obsessive about figuring out new technologies to access the consciousness and memories of the brain. His life goes sideways when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident, and he uses his skills to access memories from his wife’s brain to piece together the mystery of what actually happened to his family and why.”

“Dr. Brain” is currently in production in South Korea and is expected to debut on the streaming service later this year as Apple’s first full Korean-language project. (Apple’s series adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko” will be in in Korean, Japanese and English.)

The Korea-based Bound Entertainment will produce the series along with Kakao Entertainment, Studioplex and Dark Circle Pictures. Kim Jee Woon serves as executive producer alongside Samuel Yeunju Ha. Ham Jung Yeub and Daniel Han executive produce for Studioplex, and Joy Jinsoo Lee and Min Young Hong serve as executive producers for Kakao Entertainment.


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