The general manager of SETTV, Zhang Rong-Hua made a surprise announcement that they have plans to make their current popular friday drama, In A Good Way into a movie with the original cast. I don’t know whether this is a good news or not. Because if that’s any indication that we won’t be getting a good ending in the drama version just to make “way” for a movie version, I’m gonna blacklist SETTV for good, and I’m dead serious.
To summarize, SETTV is one of the most prominent TV channel in Taiwan and well-known for its hit dramas like Fated to Love You, Autumn’s Concerto, Office Girls and many more. They’re also the Taiwanese TV channel with the highest number of drama productions, producing approximately 1500 hours of dramas just for this year alone. SETTV have plans extend into the movie industry by 2014 and my beloved popular friday drama In A Good Way will be the first
sacrificial lamb SETTV’s original drama production that will be brought onto the big screen. The original cast, Lego Lee and Lorene Ren will return for the movie version.
Zhang Rong-Hua’s latest plan to shoot a movie version of In A Good Way will focus on investing more budget on the overall production instead of the cast salaries. He also believes that talents grooming is the most important task in the TV industry, “Don’t say that the Taiwanese TV industry don’t have stars. As long as we groom talents, there will always be opportunities. “.
This year, SETTV have groomed talents such as Deja Vu‘s Mandy Wei and Nylon Chen; In A Good Way‘s Lego Lee and Lorene Ren; Love Family‘s Jack Lee; Just You‘s Puff Guo and Two Fathers‘ Lin Yo-Wei, Le Le (child actress) and Xiao Xiong (child actor). Zhang Rong-Hua thinks that from this year onwards, the hype for Japanese and Korean dramas have been declining and this will be the best time for Chinese dramas. Furthermore, the Taiwanese government are supporting the media industry fully, it is an indication of opportunities for Chinese dramas and he calls for the people in Taiwanese TV industry to be united.
The last time an SETTV drama was produced into a movie was the mega-hit drama The Fierce Wife (not sure whether they’re SETTV in-house production or made by external production companies) and I heard a lot of neutral/negative reviews about that movie. This is why I’m having such a mixed feeling when I heard this announcement.
GRRRR…. I really feel like they’re milking the hype and popularity of In A Good Way, plus the 90’s nostalgic topic is probably a good candidate to be remade into a movie version. I just pray to the drama gods that they won’t try and drag the drama’s storyline so they have room for the movie remake. Because that will not be a good decision and I believe that the Taiwanese netizens will be as angry as me about it.