TVB’s ultra-successful aviation franchise Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲霄> has inspired a new series targeted for the Mainland Chinese viewers.
The drama, titled Zhuangzhi Gaofei <壯志高飛> (roughly translates to “Flying Ambitions”) will be produced by the Hong Kong-based Media Asia, the same studio that brought critically-acclaimed films like Infernal Affairs <無間道> and Love in the Buff <春嬌與志明>.
Much like TVB’s own television series Triumph in the Skies, which first arrived to television screens in 2003 and its sequel in 2014, Flying Ambitions will be about a team of young, hopeful pilot cadets who dream of soaring the skies.
The 40-episode drama is developed by the same team that created Triumph in the Skies, which includes producer Tommy Leung (梁家樹) and scriptwriter Au Koon-ying (歐冠英). Flying Ambitions will be shooting in countries such as France, Spain, and Macau. Principal photography is expected to begin on August 15, and is slated to last four months.
According to Hong Kong reports, the male lead and female lead will be played by Running Man China star Ryan Zheng Kai (鄭愷) and Swordsman <笑傲江湖> star Joe Chen (陳喬恩), respectively. Ryan plays a “senior first officer who is extremely values and stringent about his career”. His quiet and compose personality is reminiscent of Triumph in the Skies’ main lead Captain Samuel “Sam” Tong, portrayed by Francis Ng (吳鎮宇).
Joe, on the other hand, plays a simple-minded flight attendant who had no ambitions, but her encounter with a friend inspires her to earn a license in aviation. Facing new challenges in her life, Joe learns how to find the will to fight on. Her character is similar to Holiday “Holly” Ho, portrayed by Fala Chen (陳法拉) in 2014’s Triumph in the Skies II.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.