Park Hae-jin eyes an immediate return to dramaland in JTBC’s Man to Man
Glad to see Park Hae-jin is ready to jump back to work after his last drama kind of imploded, and so far the fan reaction to this latest news is pretty much mine, in hoping he’ll have better luck this time.
He is currently considering a drama for JTBC called Man to Man, and it’ll be produced by the production company Drama House, which has a number of critically lauded projects to its name: Secret Love Affair, A Wife’s Credentials, Yoo-na’s Street (all of which were also on JTBC). It’s described as a story of a star actor and the bodyguard who is brought in to protect him, with Park Hae-jin up to play the bodyguard.
My first thought was that the star would be an actress and the two would fall in love, a la Bodyguard — not a bad setup, but a familiar one — but on second thought, it seems more likely to be a male actor. Aside from the title being Man to Man, there’s also mention of bromance, which I find encouraging.
In any case, this production company has proven itself more than capable of nuanced, thoughtful, and emotional material, so I’m expecting they’ll find a solid writer and director team… if only for their sakes, since there may be rioting if not. After the Great Cheese Controversy, public sentiment is overwhelmingly on Park’s side right now, and whether or not it’s accurate, the prevailing belief is that Park was wronged badly by the Powers In Charge of Cheese in the Trap, which has resulted in a very protective attitude toward him. Park’s involvement in Man to Man will likely bring it a lot of extra attention, and it’s probably great time to tackle a new project while there’s so much love being thrown his way.
Man to Man is looking to broadcast toward the end of the year on JTBC.
- The rise and fall of Cheese in the Trap
- Interviews with Cheese in the Trap’s cast (Part 1)
- Cheese in the Trap: Episode 1
- Park Hae-jin signs on for webtoon-adapted drama Cheese in the Trap
- Bad Guys: Episode 1
- Park Hae-jin turns psychopath for action-crime drama
- Doctor Stranger: Episode 1
- You From Another Star: Episode 1
- My Daughter So-young recasts with Lee Bo-young, Park Hae-jin