Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II> has topped weekly ratings since its debut, attracting over 2.25 million viewers at its peak. The successful series made a positive turnaround for TVB, who earlier received many criticism over its other highly anticipated sequel, Beauty at War <金枝慾孽貳>. Triumph in the Skies’ popularity has apparently sparked conversations about a film version, and TVB is not the only one interested in taking advantage of the current hype!
This week, sources claimed that Hong Kong film producer Stephen Shiu Jr. (蕭定一) is also interested in producing a movie version of the hit series. Shiu, who is most recently credited as producer for Donnie Yen‘s upcoming 3D martial arts film Iceman 3D, is the current chairman of film company China 3D and the creative source behind 2011’s 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy <3D肉蒲團之極樂寶鑑> and 2012’s Natural Born Lovers <天生愛情狂>.
While TVB hopes to recruit the original cast for the film project, Shiu is also eyeing established film stars Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) and Louis Koo (古天樂) to star alongside Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chilam Cheung (張智霖) as airline pilots. Shiu also plans to invite Fiona Sit (薛凱琪) and his management company’s own artist, Ava Yu Kiu (羽翹), to portray flight attendants.
“Captain Cool” Chilam is placed in a difficult situation as both sides want him to star in their Triumph in the Skies movie adaptations. When asked to comment, Chilam took a neutral stand and said that it is best if both parties work together to create the film.
Other Film Adaptations of TVB Series
TVB has in the recent past attempted to turn some of their popular series into movie franchises. After Michael Tse’s (謝天華) wildly successful portrayal of undercover cop Laughing Gor in 2009’s E.U. <學警狙擊>, TVB quickly funded a movie prequel, Turning Point <Laughing Gor之變節>, co-starring Francis Ng and Anthony Wong (黃秋生). The film was a box office success, grossing $15.7 million HKD in total. The Laughing Gor franchise spawned another top-rated series, 2011’s Lives of Omission <潛行狙擊>, followed by a direct film sequel in the same year, Turning Point 2 <Laughing Gor之潛罪犯>.
TVB later hoped to follow Laughing Gor’s success formula and pursued a film version of Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭>. In 2011, series director Terry Tong (唐基明) and veteran TVB director Chung Shu Kai (鍾澍佳) were reportedly on board to shoot a film based on the popular legal drama. During interviews, Tong spoke about casting Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎)and Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) in their popular roles, and implied that the company was also considering mainland stars Zhou Xun (周迅), Zhang Jingchu (張靜初), Liu Ye (劉燁), as well as Hong Kong film stars Nick Cheung (張家輝) and Simon Yam (任達華). Unfortunately, the film never materialized and Tong has since left TVB to pursue a career in mainland China.
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.