Tavia Yeung and Kenneth Ma to Star in TVB Drama Remakes
In order to retain its largely middle-aged demographic, TVB has made drastic plans to recreate the magic of its golden era in 2014. Not only will major film stars Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Sammo Hung (洪金寶), and Tony Leung Ka Fai (梁家輝) appear on prime time TV, two classic dramas will be remade along with a new iteration of the Below the Lion Rock <獅子山下> series.
In addition, TVB executive Peter Au (區偉林) stated that the company will eliminate abstract, complex dramas, such as this year’s Bullet Brain <神探哥倫布> and Beauty at War <金枝慾孽貳>. He also promised to focus on comedy and martial arts selections next year. The new plan generated much discussion and debate among viewers; some showed anticipation over the remakes while others criticized TVB’s lack of new, creative materials.
Additional information about some of these upcoming projects surfaced this week. TVB will begin filming the remake of Double Fantasies <無雙譜> in January. Originally aired in 1981, the series was helmed by famous director and producer Kam Kwok Leung (甘國亮) and written by Jonathan Chik (戚其義). The series is known for its special effects during supernatural sequences. Double Fantasies is made up of three story segments that examined the dilemmas that people faced, as well as their double standards. The cast performed two different roles in the drama, as a spirit and as a human. One of the most memorable performances was from Louise Lee (李司棋), who starred as a carp spirit.
For the remake, TVB executive Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍) is looking to cast Tavia Yeung (楊怡) in Louise’s role. Louise herself is also rumored to appear in the new series, though her role is currently unknown. When asked to comment about the news, Louise said, “It should’ve been remade long ago! Technology is so advanced nowadays; the series will certainly look great! TVB hasn’t reached out to me yet, but I will accept any role. Tavia is good; I have worked with her before… however I feel that Eliza Sam (岑麗香) is even more suitable. She is the cutest actress in all of TVB. She is pretty and young. I think she is very suitable for playing the carp spirit.”
In April, TVB will begin production on the second classic remake, 1981’s The Misadventure of Zoo <流氓皇帝>, and will cast Kenneth Ma (馬國明) as its lead. The original series took place during the end of Qing dynasty and starred Adam Cheng (鄭少秋) as poor villager Chu Gam Chun, and Louise Lee as his childhood crush Yung Yung. Despite their love for each other, Chu Gam Chun was too poor to afford the betrothal gifts that Yung Yung’s father demanded. Yung Yung eventually was forced to marry someone else. Chu Gam Chun then went through a series of events that gave him riches beyond imagination. He hoped to enter Yung Yung’s life once more but fate kept them apart. Later, Gam Chun lost all of his wealth during a dangerous escape but his misfortunes ironically led him back to Yung Yung. Their reunion scene remains one of the most iconic in TVB history.
In addition, new series Seize the Moment <只爭朝夕> will also begin filming in April next year. Not much is known about this series at the moment, but Tony Leung Ka Fai will star along with Raymond Lam (林峰). As for the revival of Below the Lion Rock, TVB hopes to retain the original format and turn realistic, relatable events into short stories. The company plans to bring in fresh faces, and assured that each story unit will star a different artist.
Source: Face Magazine #328 via ihktv.com
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.