tvN’s “Hometown” has come under fire after it was revealed that its screenwriter is not who fans thought he was.
On September 28, it was revealed that tvN’s “Hometown” screenwriter Joo Jin was in fact director Cho Hyun Hoon using a pen name. This is the same director who previously admitted to sexually harassing a female director at a film festival afterparty back in 2013. He admitted and apologized for this in 2018 and has since said he will be halting his activities to focus on reflecting. After this new revelation, netizens were shocked and there were calls for boycott of the drama.
As a result, production company Studio Dragon announced they would be removing his name from the drama’s credits. The production company says right before filming, they became aware of his real identity. They promised to be more careful in the future with their checks to prevent such matters from happening again, his name will be removed from credits. However, they’re unable to change him as they’re in the final stages of filming and the script has already been completed.
Cho Hyun Hoon followed with a personal apology in relation to the matter, he apologized once again for causing issues to people because of his mistake. However, he said,
“Both then and now, I had no intention of denying or hiding that incident, this mindset has not changed. Even now, I will continue to think back and reflect.”
tvN’s “Hometown” has premiered recently. It is led by Yoo Jae Myung, Han Ye Ri and Um Tae Goo.