Jun Ji Hyun's upcoming drama Mount Jiri will have a production budget of USD$17.7 million.
According to a report by Kdramastarz, the much-anticipated comeback of the My Love from the Stars actress will be one of the biggest productions to come out this year.
It can be recalled that following the success of the fantasy Legend of the Blue Sea, where Jun Ji Hyun played the role of a mermaid who fell in love with a con artist (Lee Min Ho), the actress took a four-year break and gave birth to her second child.
She, recently, made a special appearance on Netflix's zombie series Kingdom. After her character was revealed, it was confirmed that she will also be starring in a supplementary film to expand the Kingdom franchise, All Kpop reported.
However, Jun Ji Hyun's first major comeback after her hiatus will be her lead role in Mount Jiri, a drama that was penned by Kingdom and Signal writer Kim Eun Hee. The series will be directed by Lee Eung Bok, who is best known for the hit action romance Descendants of the Sun.
Mount Jiri will reunite Jun Ji Hyun and Ju Ji Hoon after they starred briefly together in Kingdom's second season. Jun Ji Hyun will play the role of Seo Yi Kang, an expert ranger who knows the Jirisan Mountain like the back of her hand. Ju Ji Hoon will play the role of her new partner.
According to reports, Ace Story, the production company in charge of Mount Jiri, recently signed a 20.8 billion won deal with Studio Dragon to partner up on the project.
It can be recalled that among Studio Dragon's major hits were Crash Landing on You, The King: Eternal Monarch, Hotel del Luna, and It's Okay Not To Be Okay. These series were famous for their exquisite cinematography and high production value.
According to Mount Jiri's team, viewers will not only enjoy the filming quality. They will also be compelled to watch interesting plots unravel.
Production is expected to commence in mid-September and will last until May 2021. Mount Jiri is expected to air sometime in the second half of next year.
Meanwhile, Jun Ji Hyun and Ju Ji Hoon are expected to return to Netflix's Kingdom for its third season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix opted to delay the production of most of its Netflix original series which is expected to impact the release of the hit zombie franchise, Digital Spy reported.