On June 12, 2022, Netflix released a trailer announcing that a second and third season of the live-action TV series adaptation of Sweet Home is in the works! Netflix also teased that “they’re taking the fight outside Sweet Home in seasons 2 and 3”.
The live-action TV series Sweet Home was inspired by the South Korean, apocalyptic, horror, Naver webtoon of the same name by Kim Carnby and Hwang Young-chan.
The Sweet Home webtoon has over 2.1 billion net views and the live-action TV series Netflix adaptation was released on December 18, 2020.
The story centers on Cha Hyun-soo, who after his family was killed in a car accident, decides to leave his childhood home and move into an apartment in a spooky apartment complex called Sweet Home/Green Home. Cha Hyun-soo has become disillusioned with life and decides to kill himself, but decides on a very specific date – right after the premiere of a live-action adaptation of his favorite anime series that features a beautiful actress he is enamored with.
Just after he’s beginning to get settled into his new apartment, the unexpected happens and monsters appear that are trying to wipe out humanity. Suddenly, Cha Hyun-soo’s problems don’t seem so big anymore when he’s confronted with this new reality.
The people living inside the Sweet Home apartment complex become trapped there as they realize that just outside its doors the world has become full of dangerous monsters. Hyun-soo must team up with a group of reluctant heroes in order to find a way to defeat these monsters and save humanity before it’s too late.
The biggest difference between the live-action adaptation and the webtoon, is Hyun-soo’s infatuation with Yoo Ji-soo – the bass guitarist who moves in 1510 in Green Home/Sweet Home after her boyfriend’s suicide. After Jae-heon saves her she sticks to him like glue. In the webtoon, a lot of Hyun-soo’s motivation to fight the monsters that have appeared is to protect Yoo Ji-soo.
Also, in the webtoon, Hyun-soo is a fan of an anime, which features a character that looks just like Yoo Ji-soo. There was another male character, who wields a spear and is Yoo Ji-soo’s protector.
In the webtoon, the main reason Hyun-soo decided to fight with an electrified spear was that it resembled the anime character whom he admired and who also wielded a spear while protecting the woman he loved. Fans are hoping that there will be more romance between Hyun-soo and Yoo Ji-soo in Season 2 and 3, which would make it more accurate with the webtoon.
You can read the webtoon Sweet Home at the official Webtoons website.
Although director Lee Eung-bok was roughly aware of how the webtoon Sweet Home was going to end he decided that his version would differ a bit from the webtoon due to the fact it was going to be a different method of storytelling anyways.
The series spent 2.7 million USD on each episode! Choreographer Kim Seol-jin and contortionist Troy James worked together to record the monster’s movements through a method called “motion capture”.
Director Lee Eung-bok revealed that during Song Kang’s audition for the part of the anti-hero Cha Hyun-soo, the actor reminded him of Johnny Depp’s performance in the movie Edward Scissorhands.
Actor Song Kang gave me the image of someone who has a pure and innocent soul, but is holding a spear in his hand. His performance reminds me of Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands.
Actor Song Kang gained fame due to his role in the popular Netflix series Love Alarm, which premiered in August 2019, and the director of Love Alarm recommend Song Kang for the role of Cha Hyun-soo to director Lee Eung-bok.
Director Lee Eung-bok also created an original female character for the series that does not appear in the webtoon. He wanted the actress, who would play the role, to be able to pull off some “really cool action scenes” hence Lee Si was cast due to the fact she was a former amateur boxer. Lee Si trained for six months in preparation for her role in the series.
In order to pull off bringing the humanoid monsters to life in the live-action adaptation Sweet Home designers from Legacy Effects, VFX Studio Westworld, and Spectral Motion (who worked on films such as The Avengers, Avatar, Game of Thrones, and Stranger Things) were recruited, resulting in monsters that were truly terrifying and great visual effects.