The film version of popular TVB drama Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲霄> will begin shooting as early as April of next year. Producer Tommy Leung (梁家樹) has even taken a new position within the company to dedicate himself completely to the project.
After a string of uninspiring productions in the first half of 2013, TVB finally delivered a ratings hit this summer with Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>. Starring acclaimed actors Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chilam Cheung (張智霖), the sequel quickly won over the public with its memorable characters and vivid storytelling. It also became TVB’s highest-rated series of the year, peaking at 41 points during its final episode. The series’ hype continues, and many fans are asking for just a little more of “Captain Cool”, the playboy pilot that Chilam successfully brought to life.
Seeing a lucrative opportunity, TVB quickly began brainstorming on a possible movie adaptation. The project entered pre-production in September, and China 3D Digital Entertainment, who now manages Chilam, was in talks to become a partner. TVB hoped to recruit top Chinese film stars to join the production, and reportedly have Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) and Louis Koo (古天樂) in mind.
Louis expressed interest, and confirmed that TVB has formally invited him to play a pilot. Both parties are currently in early stages of negotiations. There are also rumors that Taiwanese actress Chiling Lin (林志玲) and Mainland actress Gao Yuanyuan (高圓圓) are being considered to play flight attendants. Tommy Leung had previously remarked that he is willing to cast actresses managed by any company.
Currently the Controller of TVB’s Drama Production division, Leung will step down in February to take up his new post as a Senior Consultant for Shaw Brothers Studios, TVB’s parent company. This move will allow him to focus entirely on the Triumph in the Skies film project, and will likely give him access to the resources needed to produce a quality film.
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.