Upcoming boys’ love (BL) drama, Eternal Faith <吉星高照>, seems to have hit a rough patch. Filming started in July, just as Chinese authorities’ scrutiny over BL adaptations intensified. Director Chan Ka Lam (陈家霖) is also said to have walked out on the project after being dissatisfied with its filming progress.
The drama is based on web novel Heaven’s Official Blessing <天官赐福>, which is written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (墨香铜臭) of Mo Dao Zu Shi <魔道祖师> fame.
Starring Zhang Linghe (张凌赫) and Zhai Xiaowen (翟潇闻), Eternal Faith is the biggest BL project announced this year. The drama is expected to turn Zhang Linghe and Zhai Xiaowen into the most-sought-after actors from the new generation, despite initial worries over the script adaptation and the imbalance in their book characters.
Director Ran Away?
Eternal Faith initially assembled an impressive production crew. Production design is handled by Han Zhong (韩忠), who won many awards for The Advisors Alliance <大军师司马懿之军师联盟> and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace <如懿传>.
Hiring director Chan Ka Lam (陈家霖), the genius behind The Untamed <陈情令>, seemed to also guarantee that Eternal Faith would be a success.
However, chaos erupted when an Internet rumor broke that “the director ran away” this week. Chan Ka Lam is said to be upset with the current shooting effects, and gathered his team to walk off the set. It is also reported that the crew had stopped filming Eternal Faith temporarily until a new director takes over.
A netizen revealed that Chan Ka Lam will be directing a new production starting in October. Although social media discussions are on fire, Chan Ka Lam has not responded to the rumors yet.
BL Adaptations to Be Banned?
Originally announced to be 60 episodes, Eternal Faith would film for eight months. Although many Chinese dramas are creating shorter formats to condense the story and attract a larger audience, with ancient idol dramas typically now lasting around 30 to 40 episodes. Eternal Faith‘s 60 episode-format would make it the longest BL drama, as The Untamed was only 50 episodes.
However, its original intentions may now face cutbacks and revisions due to The National Radio and Television Administration’s (NRTA) criticism towards BL dramas and its negative impact on society. In order to secure broadcasting approval, it is unclear whether Eternal Faith will see drastic changes to remove the romance between its male leads.
This article is written by Kiki for Jaynestars.com.