Park Sung-woong up for lead role in Bad Guys spinoff
Bad news, beanies. Looks like the much anticipated Season 2 of OCN’s 2014 hit crime drama Bad Guys will be a spinoff, and not a sequel. Producers have revealed that the original motley crew of detectives and criminals we got to know and love — cautiously, and at a safe distance — will have been disbanded in between the first and second season timelines. The upcoming series, called Bad Guys: Age of Evil, will feature a new hybrid team going up against a “decaying society that has lost its sense of justice.” Well, that’s bleak.
Bad Guys: Age of Evil is set to begin its run in September and intends to be half-produced by the time its first episode airs. That means the show is currently in the middle of pre-production, and will start filming in July. Producers are citing scheduling conflicts as the reason why the original cast won’t be returning for the second season: Park Hae-jin will be busy filming Cheese in the Trap and doing the press rounds for JTBC’s Man to Man this summer, while Ma Dong-seok (Police Unit 38) will also be in movie shoots. However, management for Park Hae-jin, Jo Dong-hyuk (Rude Miss Young-ae 15), and Kang Ye-won (Baek-hee Has Returned) have all said they never received offers to return for the new season. Wait, so they didn’t even TRY?
If there’s a silver lining to be found in all of this, it’s that Park Sung-woong (Man to Man) has been tipped to take a lead role in the spinoff. Initial reports stated that he had taken the role, but his agency has since clarified that he’s positively considering joining the show. Apparently, Park Sung-woong was the first person producers reached out to for the drama’s lineup, and it looks like it’ll be a reunion if he signs on: He also played a detective in tvN’s Hidden Identity, the follow-up project to the producers of Bad Guys.
If he confirms, Park Sung-woong’s character would be the violent crimes detective mentioned in earlier reports. The detective was a boxer in a former life, and was good enough to compete in the 1998 Asian Games. For some reason, he becomes a detective who isn’t interested in justice or ambition, but rather is fixated on money. Well, that’s certainly a departure from Kim Sang-joong’s role in the first season, who was obsessed with the idea of righteous justice, whatever the brutal means required.
Expectations are high for Bad Guy take 2, which is still in the casting phase. The show broke ratings records for OCN during its first run, and with the writer-director duo from Police Unit 38 returning for the second season, I’m sure the cable channel is expecting it to do well. Bad Guy: Age of Evil will follow Tunnel, Duel, and Save Me in the Saturday-Sunday slot later this year. In the meantime, excuse me while I go sulk in a corner that we won’t get this again: