Running Man to jump to success in Malaysia?
The hit Korean variety show Running Man has become a global phenomenon since its first episode aired in 2010.
Its fans of the cast - Yoo Jaesuk, Kim Jong Kook, Lee Kwang Soo, HaHa, Ji Suk Jin, Kang Gary and Song Jihyo - span Asia, US and Europe.
Like other hit television shows, the idea has been remade to suit different audiences.
And now there may be a Malaysian version, called Lari; though not everyone is happy about that.
According to the Malay Mail Online, when news broke last week of the new version , Malaysian fans were up in arms.
Aside from questioning why a localised version was needed, and could the format be copied well.
Others claimed to feel embarrassed by the announced Korean show remake, especiaslly in the wake of recent controversy over K-pop group B1A4 interacting onstage with female Muslim fans.
But it also seems that fans of Running Man just don't like the idea of a remake at all.
When China announced its own version last year, Chinese fans of the iconic show slammed the idea, proclaiming that no one could replicate the "humour and heart" of the original cast.
A supposed teaser for Lari has circulated online bombed with netizens too with the main issue being a lack of production values.
Would you watch a Malaysian version of Running Man?
Source: Malay Mail Online, YouTube