The long-awaited period romance Cloud in the Song <大漢情緣之雲中歌>, which stars Angelababy (楊穎) and Du Chun (杜淳), will begin airing on Hunan Satellite TV on September 13. The series will also be available for streaming on Tencent TV.
Adapted from the novel Yun Zhong Ge <雲中歌> by popular author Tong Hua (桐華), Cloud in the Song wrapped up filming in July 2013 but was unable to secure a broadcast date until recently. On September 9, the drama held an advance screening in Beijing, where attendees were invited to an hour-long preview and interact with the series’ screenwriter, Shen Zhining (沈芷凝).
Best known for penning the TVB drama Curse of the Royal Harem <萬凰之王>, Shen Zhining shared freely about how she created the screenplay for Cloud in the Song. Although the novel is well loved by fans, she did not shy away from making changes to the characters or embellishing elements of the plot.
For example, the opening scene of Cloud in the Song is a completely new addition. Shen stated that in the original story, there was a lack of details regarding the first meeting between Yunge (Angelababy) and Liu Fuling (Lu Yi 陸毅). In order to flesh out their relationship, Shen decided to include a new scene and force the characters to go through a life-or-death experience.
A screenwriter since 2005, Shen added that she is already mentally prepared to face any ridicule from viewers. “I think the ridicule will get stronger and fiercer, but I feel that everyone who works in film and television, whether they are directors or screenwriters, are easily ridiculed,” said Shen. “In actuality, if viewers feel happy ridiculing, then it’s also a form of interest in the drama, so I’m not worried.”
Shen also revealed that she wrote four endings for Cloud in the Song, taking into consideration different romantic outcomes. Thus, fans have been hotly debating whether the drama will follow the novel’s ending or take an alternate route.
Cloud in the Song also features Chen Xiao (陳曉), Yang Rong (楊蓉), and Su Qing (蘇青). The drama will be Angelababy’s first television role.
“Cloud in the Song” Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.