“The Story of Yanxi Palace” Sold to 90 Countries for 300 Million Yuan
The drama’s mega success fuels demand for new Yu Zheng dramas.
Topping the list of most searched global television drama on Google in 2018, The Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略> is said to have sold its broadcast rights to 90 countries for an estimated amount of over 300 million yuan.
Rates for advertisement placements within the iQiyi drama, which starts from 3 million yuan per ad, are estimated to earn the 70-episode drama at least 210 million yuan ($230 million HKD) based on a one-ad-per-episode basis.
Upcoming Yu Zheng Dramas
Besides Sheng Tang Gong Lue <盛唐攻略>, the sister drama of Yanxi set in the Tang Dynasty, other Yu Zheng (于正) helmed productions include Winter Begonia <鬢邊不是海棠紅>, Arsenal Military Academy <烈火軍校> and Lofty Waters Verdant Bow <雲海玉弓緣>. Below are the the brief synopses for each drama:
Opera-themed Winter Begonia
Based on the web novel of the same name, Winter Begonia started filming in December and will be produced by the same production team behind Yanxi. It will star Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) as a patriotic wealthy businessman alongside Chinese actor Zheng Yin (尹正) who plays a famous opera actor. Telling the colorful stories of China’s first known royal acting and music academy “The Pear Garden”set in the 1930s, it will focus on the rich traditions of traditional Chinese opera.
Military-themed Romantic Series, Arsenal Military Academy
Combining themes of patriotism, brotherhood, and romance, Arsenal Military Academy revolves around the female lead (played by Bai Lu (白鹿)) who disguises herself as a man and enlists in place of her brother. Meeting wealthy second generation Gu Yanzhen (played by Xu Kai (許凱)) and the stoic and calm-faced Shen Junshan (played by Toby Lee (李程彬)) in the army, the trio become comrades who unite to undo the enemy’s vicious motives, while realizing romantic passions and patriotic dreams. The drama is expected to air in 2019.
Lofty Waters Verdant Bow
Another upcoming drama with Yu Zheng as scriptwriter and producer is Lofty Waters Verdant Bow, which is based on the wuxia novel by Liang Yusheng (梁羽生). Two previous television adaptations were a 1984 version by ATV and a 2002 version by TVB, which starred Raymond Lam (林峯) and Michelle Ye (叶璇). Word has it that the cast of the remake will include Wu Jinyan (吳謹言), Song Weilong (宋威龍) and Xu Kai, with Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) in a guest role.
Yanxi Palace Sister Drama To Feature New Cast
The sister drama of Yanxi, Sheng Tang Gong Lue is another highly anticipated production. Besides Yu Zheng, other stalwarts behind Yanxi including Li Xiuzhen (李秀珍) as producer, Doris Song (宋曉濤) as wardrobe stylist and He Jinluan (栾贺鑫) as art director are also on board. Filming is expected to commence in the second half of February 2019. The team stated that the new drama will not be using the same actors as Yanxi.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.