Man, I’m so happy I am bouncing off walls. News broke today that Vic Zhou (Zai Zai) is potentially coming back to TW-dramas! Hallelujah, drama gods, I ask and ye delivers. Famed doctor-and-writer Hou Wen Yong, whose amazingly introspective novellas, short stories, and medical musings I read starting in my teens, is getting ready for the drama adaptation of his latest bestselling novel Souls Embracing.
Hou Wen Yong helped produce the drama adaptation of his own award-winning novel White Tower, starring Jerry Yan, who actually became good friends with Writer Hou after the filming of that drama. Writer Hou actually offered the leading role of this upcoming drama to Jerry but due to scheduling conflicts Zai Zai is now getting the chance to do a drama adaptation of serious literary fare. The tag line of this novel is “Without a soul, what will we use to embrace?” (沒有靈魂，那我們用什麼擁抱？) Everyone ponder.
The novel is about how people searching for fame and glory choose to live in the superficial world created by the media. Writer Hou will be working with GTV to bring Souls Embracing to screen, costing an astronomical estimated production budget of NT Five Hundred Million. The basic synopsis of the novel depicts the main character, a formerly popular writer that has been gradually declining in fame now that bloggers are taking over the writing world, who allows an unknown short story called “The Embrace of Souls” that is circulating online to be credited to his name. He chooses fame over integrity, and starts a snowballs effect of needing to turn a lie into the truth or risk losing it all. It’s a darker piece of work, but apparently ends with a ray of hope. Whew, thank Heavens for that. Souls Embracing looks to enter production at the end of 2011 for a 2012 release date.
[Credit: Worldjournal news]