*gasp* *gulp* NOOOOO!!!! Yessss?
Elephant Mt official weibo is tweeting: PD 赖水清 is scouting locations for his upcoming Demi Gods Semi Devils remake!!!! And Elephant is openly asking fans to spazzzzz on their perfect casting. Of course the name of our prince of periods, Loverboy, is thrown around, mostly as QiaoFung and for some DuanYu votes. He'll make the PERFECT Qiao Fung (a discriminated against nonHan Chinese, torn btn patriotism and kin and MOST tragic OTP of all wuxia OTPs, so so full of pathos!! OMGOMGOMG But he can also make a bland on paper DuanYu (the unluckiest prince EVER and incest/fauxcest magnet extraordinaire) brimming with unintentionally irresistible charm. I can even see him as the innocent naivete later 'humanized', Shaolin monk XuZhu, ie all 3 of the titular leads in the masterpiece. And this is not my fangirl delirium doing the talking. Try to picture all of it in head if you know the story, and yup, I can see ur nodding. And I will happily pay to see LSS as Mu Wanqing, basically a stronger, feistier Mu NianChi who is not into a rapist baddie (but her maybe blood brother), or A'Zhu (QF's OTP *Sobbb*). It'll be awesome to see how much SS has grown since her LoCH days handling a better, yet similar, wuxia heroine. And muahaha it would give me SUCH a dig if they cast HuGe as either a DuanYu or XuZhu as well and we have a 'TR 3 treasures' reunion outside of the crap TR is now churning out. I can already see K boss' face in shades of white/grey/green fr rage! lol
imo DGSD is the 'easiest' LC to adapt, it is full of yummy makjang/pathos and glorious drama cliches we so love, but told masterfully. The characters are either very bold and colorful with a few token blander ones, with lots of twisty plots concerning them all. Two adaptations I still rewatch: the only ZJZ I ever loved, DGSD2003, which imo is as close to a perfect LC adaptation ever and the oldie but goodie 1982TVB.
PD 赖水清 was responsible for most of the TW Louis Cha remakes in the 90s…and they were stinky turds. STINKY CRAPPY TURDS! The most traumatizing TWdramas I've ever set eyes on. The worst offense was his RoCH98. He gave me this XLN in BLACK, ok if only this was a mash w/ Macbeth. And lets not touch my #$@%$&^%# on RichieRen's most offensive miscast as the most swoonlicious LC hero for most fangirls: Yang Guo. This is not their fugliest, but actually one of their prettier caps.
And just to kill me some more PD also casted Richie as LHC in my #1 wuxia love Smiling Proud Wanderer. *WAILLLLLLLLLSS*
I'll watch an ep of PD's upcoming GuLong adaptation with Wallace Chung in The Magic Blade to prepare myself the blunt of injury comes DGSD > no matter who's cast, I'm watching. I can stand Wallace in certain roles but I've never liked any of his dramas, he's never horrible but will forever be insanely overrated in fandom imo. However I do judge anyone casting Baron Chen in wuxias…or dramas for that matter. I can never get used to Baron's…talent *coughlackthereofcough*
But PD's involvemnt may not be as detrimental considering this is a harder to mess up LC. The most crucial thing is cast the right actors for the heroes, most importantly Qiao Fung. There can't be a better fit for Qiao Fung atm than YH, esp if he bulks up. It's almost like a final exam of his skills, combining his juicy challenging bits in his past roles and forming it into one magnificant tragic hero that he can do well AND gain his deserving respect and accolades at last! IFFFFF YH is QF, this is absolutely the greatest news in wuxialand for me since forever. QF is a star-making role, I think he can be as good as HuJun and this is the exact character catapulting HJ to leading man stardom. It's a role IF it's ever offered to YH, I can't see him turning down, EVER. He may not be as manly as HJ, and there's bound to be comparisons but he's so much more prettier!!! He is widely considered one of the handsomest in Qing queue by C audience and critics alike, but I would also add he wears fur like nobody's business.
Off topic: HJ's Kublai Khan drama is looking decent! I'll keep an eye out.
And ETA: I'm shocking myself in thinking Xuan Yuan Sword doesn't look too extremely shitty fr its title song MV. HG is for once having mature, sexy chemistry with TangYan (and I like her in serious angsty roles). I guess if TR sets its mind in doing sth its good at, within its scope, it can still do a decent game adapt drama.