KC Royals Korean Super-Fan Sung-Woo Lee Gets Movie
By John Viril
KC Royals fans used to get laughed at around major league baseball. Now, SK Global is making a movie about Kansas City Royals Super Fan Sung-Woo Lee.
In 2014, long time KC Royals fan Sung-Woo Lee captivated baseball fans across the country with his trek to Kansas City to see his beloved Royals in person for the first time. The trip coincided with a Kansas City Royals winning streak that vaulted KC into first place in August for the first time in more than a decade.
The KC Royals went on to win the AL pennant in 2014 and take the World Series title in 2015, which helped fans across the country hear how Sung-Woo became a Kansas City Royals fan by watching Armed Forces television to improve his English in the mid-90’s. He then became a Twitter phenomenon when he reached out through social media to connect with Royals fans in America.
By 2014, a number of his Twitter fans helped him arrange a trip to Kansas City, which included the Kansas City Royals PR department.
Now, Sung-Woo’s story about common love for a baseball team allowed him to bring people from two cultures together through social media.
SK Global will produce and finance the movie Super Fan with CJ E & M, according to Variety. SK Global President John Penoti said:
"“We are very excited about this terrific, heart-warming story, a tale of two cultures linked by a shared passion, and social media. We couldn’t have a better partner for this project than CJ. In terms of both content and execution, the project uniquely lends itself to an organic U.S.-Korea collaboration, and we look forward to critical and box office success in both Korea and throughout the globe.”"
The movie will tell the story of Sung-Woo’s journey to Kansas City, that inspired millions of fans and could very well have help spur the KC Royals on to their first World Series appearance in 30 years.
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I guess when they make a movie about you, you’re no longer a joke.