Writer Of “L.U.C.A.: The Beginning” Shares Thoughts On Drama’s Shocking Conclusion And More

The writer of tvN’s “L.U.C.A.: The Beginning” sat down to share his thoughts on the drama’s conclusion, his inspiration for the script, and more!


“L.U.C.A.: The Beginning” is a sci-fi action thriller starring Kim Rae Won as Ji Oh, a man who is being chased for his special abilities, and Lee Da Hee as Gu Reum, a violent crimes detective who is the only one who remembers him. The drama came to a shocking end earlier this month as it hinted at Ji Oh becoming the villain instead of the hero, drawing anticipation for a second season.

The drama’s writer Cheon Sung Il kicked off the interview by describing how the word “biotechnology” gave him the initial inspiration for the script. He shared, “Life and engineering, organisms and inorganic things. I wondered if they could be put together naturally.”

When asked whether there were any parts of the drama he felt satisfied with or disappointed by, Cheon Sung Il commented, “I’m satisfied with the drama being produced and ultimately aired. It was a drama that couldn’t be easily produced due to its genre, composition, and budget. The risk was high enough that even the director called it a challenge. When I think about that, I don’t even have enough energy left to think about anything that I regret.”

In response to the drama’s impactful ending, Cheon Sung Il explained, “I thought of the ending not from Ji Oh’s perspective but from the perspective of regular people. I was unable to answer through fantasy the question, ‘Would we be able to accept Ji Oh as our neighbor or family?’. I think the drama’s conclusion was not what Ji Oh had chosen, but rather the result that we created for him. Of course, when I was writing the last episode I thought, ‘I’ll probably get a lot of criticism for this.'”

He also expressed his gratitude for the cast as he said, “I’m so thankful that the actors who participated in the drama were skilled beyond my expectations. The message I want to give to them is, ‘Thank you for being a part of such a difficult production, and please help me out next time as well.'”

About a much-anticipated second season, Cheon Sung Il commented, “For there to be a season two, there needs to be at least two of the following: viewership ratings, audience reviews, and profit. Currently, there aren’t any discussions taking place.”

Wrapping up the interview by sharing what the drama means to him, Cheon Sung Il shared, “I thought for a long time about what it means to be a writer, but I couldn’t find an answer. After some time, I finally realized I’m someone who at least found a reason to live. I was writing ‘L.U.C.A.: The Beginning’ when I came upon the answer, so I think I’ll remember it as a production that gave me a difficult answer.”

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