Confirmed to be starring Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Jacky Cai (蔡潔), Rosita Kwok (郭柏妍) and Annie Liu (劉心悠), upcoming film My Date with a Vampire <驅魔龍族馬小玲> was originally slated to wrap in mid-December but has met with production delays!
Stress Over Directorial Debut
The movie version of ATV classic My Date with a Vampire <我和殭屍有個約會> is helmed by director Chen Sap Sum (陳十三), who is setting near perfect expectations for his directorial debut, with 20 or even 30 retakes for some painstaking scenes. A particular scene at a mall in Kowloon Bay, which had Ma Siu Ling descend from the third to second floor before fighting off vampires was to last just one minute, but had taken over 4 hours to film, with the two body doubles continuously dashing up and down the set.
With many re-takes, filming was unable to wrap on time, causing inevitable overrun on the original budget – which the film’s investors have yet to express their stance about.
On December 11, filming halted following the completion of a major scene, with the production crew celebrating male lead Bosco’s birthday. As the cast have their respective filming commitments to fulfil, the restart date for filming can only be fixed when everyone’s schedule matches again.
Good Chemistry with Bosco
Director Chen Sap Sum admitted to the overrun when asked, “I didn’t want to compromise just to meet the schedule, (and) am really grateful for the production cast and crew’s unity… (what about investors?) I will work on the footage and see how many days of filming we need to add on before negotiating again,” Having dreams about filming ever since filming halted, Chen Sap Sum is relishing the pressure and happy to have the support of the team. He spoke about the joys of working on set with Bosco, “I already have good chemistry with him, so there’s no need to say too much, he can already get it, and is a very good actor.”
Joey Meng to Surprise
Inviting many actors to make guest appearances, the director’s wife – the original “Ma Siu Ling” Joey Meng (萬綺雯) has also returned earlier to Hong Kong from mainland China for filming. According to sources, Joey will be relinquishing her role of a vampire slayer and will play a vampire instead, which Chen Sap Sum teases to be a “surprise” for audiences.