Park Hae-jin up to reprise Yoo Jung role in Cheese in the Trap movie
Is this the Best Idea Ever, or a disaster in the making? I honestly couldn’t tell you.
A movie adaptation has been announced for Cheese in the Trap, with an offer out to Park Hae-jin to return in the Yoo Jung role. Does this mean we’re going to get the reboot that could salvage the bitter taste left by the drama? Or should Park Hae-jin just walk away entirely from the franchise? After all, despite a very strong early push, the tvN adaptation ended up a bit of a fiasco — the series itself had its charms, but its curious behind-the-scenes troubles did unfortunately overshadow its strengths.
On the upside: This time, webtoon writer Soonkki has been invited to participate in the production process. (She’d been consulted in the drama’s early stages, but had been cut out of the loop toward its latter half, and was frank about her discontent with that.) She is currently in contract negotiations; she would not be writing the screenplay for the movie but would be involved through the final stages of the project. The movie will be handled by film producer Lee Dong-ho, who did the movies Introduction to Architecture and Inside Men, and his newly established production company.
It’s obvious why you’d want Park Hae-jin back in the role; he was fans’ top choice for the drama and widely acknowledged to be the perfect Jung (many say the only Jung), plus he has tons of public support and sky-high popularity right now. And he could be tempted by a desire to do the project service this second time around and fix what went wrong in the drama.
On the other hand, I don’t know if a movie is really necessary — given how the drama ended on a sour note (not necessarily that the plot ended badly, but in terms of viewer satisfaction), it may be better to just let go of it now and let fans take solace in the ongoing webtoon. If the movie weren’t a big success (which would be a tall order for any project), wouldn’t it feel like rubbing salt in the wound? Do we need to suffer twice? Or is the possibility of a fresh reboot enough reason to give it a try?
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