TVB is Considering Movie Version of “Triumph in the Skies”

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.


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  1. I don’t think they should do it. Too much of something is never a good thing just like the Healing Hands series. They really just finish it off with Triumph In The Skies II and let the series be as is. 🙁

    1. Agreed. I feel like the movie version will ruin it…

  2. Chi lam and Francis are already movie stars aren’t they

  3. Triumph is more fitting for a series than a movie. I can’t imagine what type of plot they can form, unless they try doing an alternate reality version in which Zoe is still alive and you can see what happens with all the characters then?

    1. In my opinion, I think the original one is better than the sequel. What do you think?

      1. Hmm.. can’t fully judge yet since it’s only on the third week, but I really like the sequel so far. In general though, the original of anything is usually better.

    2. I agree with AC that when a story is already a series, then it is hard to adapt it into a good movie. Unless, the series was really draggy and had a lot of unnecessary plotlines then it can easily be cut down to a shorter plot to fit a movie. However, if it a series has a good plotline, then cutting it all out would make the overall story incomplete.

      1. I think it will be workable as a movie. Just a matter of borrowing the characters from TITS 2 and for once maybe other than just firemen and inferno story, HK can now have its own aviation disaster story. Adapt the Airport film, like deep in ocean, etc. I think that way we will care about the pilots and everyone more.

      2. But like I have said, they have to cut a lot of the story out and I have seen many movies on JY novels and they were all disasters!! One of the series that I can see as a movie would be HZGG, especially part 1 since the story was really simple.

    3. unless tvb can rewrite triumph in the skies 2
      with out killing off zoe and letting her have a child with sam and them living happly ever after then do not do a movie version

  4. Make it into a plane disaster movie and I will most certainly watch.

  5. Overdoing something again? So typical of TVB. I think its best to leave TITS franchise as it is. They should make a movie separate from the franchise, but still aviation related.

    1. They have so little success that whenever they happen upon something that’s even a mediocre success they have to cling to it.

  6. anyone else find 張靜初 extremely versatile and natural? i am so captivated by her acting abilities that i find her super pretty too..

  7. Lives of Omission was alright as a mash-up with other dramas. I really can’t see TITS (haha)become a movie.

  8. One word: NO. They are doing something similar like they did with Laughing Gor franchise. Laughing Gor was a success, but it was overdone in my opinion, series then movie after movie with his spinoff. It’s best that they keep it short and sweet, instead of giving the audience more and more. Too much of a good thing may turn bad.

  9. Don’t think it’s going to work. Unless you base it on a big emergency story or something…

    1. That would make the most sense. For a movie, they would only have one big main arc so it’s not really going to be dragged out like with the TV show. I’m most intrigued by how they want HXM and Louis Koo to join. They would certainly make handsome pilots, but I don’t expect the movie to follow the show’s continuity – if it’s even realised.

      And in any case, talk about jumping ahead. While TITS2 have done relatively well, it’s hardly a ratings bonanza – esp. considering “big shot” leads – and ratings could decline before the finale.

  10. My God. Off with the movie ideas already. Are they going to turn this into another Laughing Gor fiasco? It fits though considering Francis is also in the Laughing Gor movies.

    1. They might even consider having Laughing Gor, as guest star in this movie version!!!

  11. I think their was a rumor when the sequel was planned that they wanted Louis Koo and Jessica Hsuan as the main leads or something.

    1. Really? I luv Louis & Jessica in DIF4. They have such awesome chemistry. I was so disappointed that they didn’t stay together in the end. Sigh

  12. money money money that’s all these people really think about, can’t they come up with new storyline for a movie? btw, wonder who’s idea is this in the first place? he/she must be drunk most of the time or have the IQ of a dodo bird

  13. so much into money, just recruit more actors to act in the streets to beg for money, better still if the big bosses can do their part in begging and crying out aloud for money

  14. I think if they really wanna do the film version Myolie could get in as main actress but not Fiona or ava you. And flora or even Vincent will be more better in their with chilam Francis Ron Myolie and other too

  15. Do you all think it is possible to condense the typical TITS plot into a 90 minute show? I don’t… I expect bad things if they do this 😛

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