Pre-production has begun for the movie version of Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>, TVB’s successful sequel series to the 2003 drama of the same name.
According to various news outlets, the movie version of Triumph in the Skies 2 will be a co-production between Stephen Shiu Jr’s (蕭定一) China 3D Digital Entertainment and TVB. A total of $80 million HKD is invested towards the filming budget.
Peaking at 41 points, Triumph in the Skies 2 ended its successful run of 41 episodes on Sunday, September 8. The cast and crew held a celebratory dinner at a Hong Kong shopping mall, to watch the finale together with fans. The banquet was attended by over 300 fans and over a hundred bystanders stopped by to watch the finale on the big screen. TVB also received over $ 1 million HKD sponsorship from the shopping mall.
As one of TVB’s highest-rated dramas of the year, the pilot drama also garnered generally positive reviews from critics and viewers. Talks for a film version had already been going around since before the drama premiered in July 2013. It was reported that China 3D and TVB have sent forth invitations to Louis Koo (古天樂) and Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) to star in the film, with original television stars Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chilam Cheung (張智霖) to costar.
Producer Stephen Shiu Jr. confirmed that China 3D is working on the film. He stated in a phone interview, “We’re still in talks with TVB. We’re still at very preliminary levels, so I have nothing to reveal at this point.”
Aside from a film version, TVB executive producer Tommy Leung (梁家樹) also expressed his hopes for a third installment be filmed. He said, “It’s going to be hard to invite the same cast for the third installment. If we’re going to do it, I don’t want to wait another 10 years.”
Chilam Cheung, who has recently signed with China 3D, clarified that both parties still have not contacted him about the upcoming film. He said, “If it’s true, then of course I’ll be happy! Both companies are very important to me. If I can collaborate with them again, I wouldn’t need to upset either one of them.”
He added that he was more excited over Triumph in the Skies 2’s good ratings. “It’s very difficult to reach 40 points. The drama’s great results were from everyone’s hard work.”
Was Chilam sad that the Triumph in the Skies 2 craze is now finally over? “No. As an actor, we should all look forward. My schedule is piled with work in the next two months. I should not be sentimentally attached to Captain Cool’s success.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.