Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the maestro of crazy himself producer-screenwriter Yu Zheng just dropped a nuclear bombshell on his upcoming adaptation of Yun Zhong Ge. With rumors flying that Tangren’s Da Mo Yao won’t get the green light to air unless it changes the ending (to align with history), plus Yu Zheng’s own dramas The King’s Woman and Female Prime Minister getting held up on approvals due to historical fudging, Yu Zheng has decided to be proactive and change the entire premise of YZG so he avoids the censor’s ire.
Rather than the main lead being Liu Fu Ling, the 5th Emperor of the Han Dynasty (his title was Emperor Zhao of Han), the entire story will be turned into a wuxia drama set in an unknown dynastic era and Ling ge ge will not be the reluctant ruler of a nation but instead the reluctant leader of a wuxia governing alliance (武林盟主). Yun Ge will also no longer be the daughter of Huo Qu Bing and Jin Yu, but is instead a desert orphan girl who travels to the central plains and gets embroiled in conspiracies, love triangles, and betrayals. Other than these two major character and setting changes, everyone and everything else stays the same and the story narrative will not be changed.
Here’s is the weibo in its entirety:
于正1978: 为了免去各种嫉妒、造谣、无中生有，#云中歌#将会是一部与历史人物无关的言情武侠剧，我们的云歌不再是霍去病的女儿，只是大漠孤女为寻爱无意卷入江湖纷争，而陵哥哥也只是个被迫上位的武林盟主，其余故事主线不变，所以请各家黑们绕道而行，这里已经没有你们期盼的热闹了！@于正工作室 @沈芷凝
Part of me wonders if what Yu Zheng said will really happen, or a knee jerk reaction with the recent heavy hand by the Chinese censors in restricting historical dramas that are not accurate if it involves real life historical figures. What does Tong Hua have to say about this? Does she have a vote to veto his change and take her novel back? Or is this change really so superficial and the same angst between Ling gege and Yun Ge can be moved from leader of an Empire to leader of Wulin?
There are some scenes in YZG that really seem more like a wuxia story from the onset. The martial arts competition with the Xi Yu prince and princess during the New Year celebration, the ice slide battle and rescue, the Infante of Guang Ling and his hunting hounds, Third Brother’s kickass arrival in Chang An, Yun Ge saving Meng Jue in the snowy canyon, Yu An protecting Yun Ge from the imperial guards outside of Liu Fu Ling’s tomb, etc. I can go on and one, but really Yun Ge and Meng Jue have always come across as very wuxia hero and heroine. She’s spunky and innocent, he’s tormented and singleminded.
Don’t stone me, but I’m a wuxia girl first and foremost and actually much prefer wuxia angst over political angst. If what Yu Zheng said is going to happen is true, then it’ll take quite a lot of creativity to shift the entire basis of the narrative, but I don’t think it’s impossible. Though how the heck does one become a reluctant leader of Wulin since that’s an elected position and a hard earned one at that. Oh well, I’m just sitting back and watching the fireworks fly right now, with fans of the novel literally threaten to disembowel Yu Zheng after hearing this.