Talks of a possible sequel for TVB’s current hit drama serial, Inbound Troubles <老表，你好嘢！>, has been going on steadily since the debut of the comedy drama in mid-January. At yesterday’s press function for the serial, the show’s executive producer, Wong Wai Sing (黃偉聲), confirmed that TVB has given the film and sequel concept the green light.
Inbound Troubles is a comedy drama that follows the lives of two cousins, Ng Ka Yee (Roger Kwok) and Choi Sum (Wong Cho Lam). The story touches on the growing controversial cultural differences between Hong Kong and mainland China, which are displayed through the interactions between Hong Kong citizen Ka Yee and mainland Chinese Choi Sum.
Wong Cho Lam is Both “Happy and Frightened”
Wong Cho Lam picks up the pen for the first time to helm the script of Inbound Troubles. Although Cho Lam’s qualifications for scriptwriting were challenged by other TVB scriptwriters, Cho Lam was applauded by critics, the audience, and his colleagues for the daring debut.
Cho Lam stated that he is both “happy and frightened” to hear that Inbound Troubles will get both a film version and a sequel. “I am happy that our company is supporting us, but frightened that I will have to come up with twenty more episodes! I need to have a chat with the other scriptwriters.”
Asked if his scriptwriting privileges would upset other scriptwriters again, Cho Lam smiled, “No. We had a lot of fun working together. There were some opposing voices, but those aren’t part of the company anymore.”
Cho Lam will also be co-writing Inbound Troubles’ film version.
As both Cho Lam and cast member Louis Cheung (張繼聰) will have to sport bald heads for Wong Wai Sing’s new Qing Dynasty television drama Food for the Slaves <食為奴>, the Inbound Troubles sequel will not be able to begin principal photography until the latter months of 2013. Food for the Slaves, which also stars Ben Wong (黃智賢) and Cho Lam’s Inbound Troubles costar Joey Meng (萬綺雯), is not expected to complete filming until June 2013.
Would TVB set an even stricter limit on the “controversial guidelines” for the Inbound Troubles sequel? Early reviews of Inbound Troubles bashed the show’s “biased” perspectives on both Hong Kongers and mainlanders.
“The company is giving us a lot of freedom,” said Cho Lam. “We also have a creative department looking over us. Now that [TVB drama executive] Tommy Leung (梁家樹) gave us the green light, I have to repay the favor. I cannot let [him] down.”
Inbound Troubles debuted with a strong average rating of 31 points, peaking to 2.12 million viewers. The first three weeks of broadcast raked in an average of 30 points. Monday’s episode on February 4 achieved an average of 32 points, with at approximately 2.05 million viewers.
The two-hour finale episode of Inbound Troubles will air on Friday, February 8.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.