Not sure who is the brain trust behind this percolating idea but it’s so worth talking about. There is a potential Cheese in the Trap movie in the works, and on top of that an offer has gone out to Park Hae Jin to reprise his role as male lead Yoo Jung. I’m hoping the idea of male lead for the K-movie isn’t a runaround, much like Park Hae Jin was the male lead in the drama before he became not the male lead for all intents and purposes.
The news of the movie and Park Hae Jin’s involvement comes from his own agency, and nowhere is the drama production company mentioned. The movie is being discussed directly with original webtoon writer Soonkki so if she green lights this project it will include her approval and involvement. The financials are vetted as a likely Korean and Chinese joint production, which tells me the movie may be targeting the Chinese audience even more than the Korean viewers.
I like Park Hae Jin a lot, ever since he played a baddie in East of Eden 8 years ago and the affection was rekindled thanks to You From Another Star and even his wasted turn in Dr. Stranger. But honestly Yoo Jung isn’t a fave character of mine from his oeuvre, and the same goes for the story line in Cheese in the Trap. I almost want him to just move on from Cheese, especially since it was a tad of an age stretch for him to play a college student. It would also be odd to see him with a different Hong Seol not played by Kim Go Eun, unless she’s also brought back as the movie leading lady. I’m pretty indifferent to this whole story, especially after the hot mess the K-drama devolved into, but if a movie version ends up happening it’ll certainly be second crack at the bat for devoted Cheese fans to get the adaptation that they’ve been clamoring for which stays true to the original story.