School violence and mystery galore in new JTBC drama Solomon’s Perjury
Remakes have been a hit or miss lately (The Good Wife was well-received, but others like Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo have more mixed reception), so I don’t know how this will go, but JTBC has announced their latest project, and it’s another remake. They’ll be adapting the Japanese school mystery film Solomon’s Perjury, which was based on a bestselling Miyabe Miyuki novel, into a Korean drama. When a homicide occurs on school grounds, the entire student body goes into an uproar to find the perpetrator.
In the original two-part movie that was released last year, a dead schoolboy is found on Christmas day. Anonymous notes say that the murderer is a student within the middle school. The faculty and administrators try to cover it up, and the media only seeks to sensationalize the news. And so, the students realize they cannot depend on the grown-ups to mete out justice. They decide to open up a trial by peers to get to the bottom of this mystery.
This Solomon’s Perjury adaptation could be a great opportunity for a class of underutilized actors to showcase their range, especially since there are so many talented young actors in that weird in-between age where they aren’t quite children but not yet adults (Kim So-hyun, Lee Hyun-woo, and Park Gun-tae come to mind). The synopsis also made me think of White Christmas, which was also a mystery-psychological drama that took place in a school setting, which also launched careers of a whole host of no-name rookies (see: Lee Soo-hyuk, Sung Joon, Kim Woo-bin).
Currently, the Solomon’s Perjury drama adaptation is in the middle of casting, but the production team has revealed its hope to find a fresh face, instead of a well-known celebrity, to be the main lead. I appreciate their intentions, although with My Sassy Girl fresh on our minds, I can only hope they’ll handle their auditions less clumsily. JTBC plans to broadcast this adaptation before the end of the year.
Via Sports Chosun