I actually don’t care enough about the original Heirs to have a feeling either way about this other than rubbernecking curiosity but it certainly isn’t a surprise to hear that China is gearing up for a Heirs remake after buying the rights from SBS after the popular drama wrapped. The C-drama version will also be called Heirs (继承者们) but without all the lofty preamble in the full Korean title. It’s slated to start filming right after Lunar New Year which means sometime in February of 2014. Directing will be Korean PD Oh Sang Won who worked on dramas like Sad Sonata and Glass Slippers while producing will be veteran C-producer and director Li Shao Hong who did Palace of Desire, Rouge, and the latest drama adaptation of one of the four Chinese classic novels Dream of the Red Chamber called The Dream of Red Mansions. The Heirs C-remake will be produced along the concept of merging Korean aesthetics with Chinese tastes, with PD Oh bringing the directorial flourishes while Producer Li tweaks the script for the Chinese mentality. The Chinese casting is still ongoing but the production will not leak any details which is rare since C-drama filming usually involve tons of leaks even if an actor or actress has no chance of agreeing to star. There will also be extensive location shoots but it may or may not be in the US, though this season makes sense to do it in Australia like Kim Eun Sook‘s original script called for. The final kicker is that Producer Li has said original Heirs cast members may be doing cameo appearances in the C-version. Producer Li currently has a C-drama filming called Zian Zhen Qi Yuan (The Strange Fate in Jian Township) starring Victoria Song of f(x) and Jiang Jing Fu, and prior to their casting as the leads Producer Li started following them on Weibo so now C-fans have their eyes peeled to see who she starts to follow soon as a sign of possible casting in C-Heirs.
Of course the C-version is going to be a hot mess, but the question is how big of a hot mess? Let’s Go Watch the Meteor Shower, the C-version of the Hana Yori Dango franchise, was actually watchable despite being a hot mess whereas the C-version of Hana Kimi was completely unbearable. I’m also curious how Heirs can be tweaked for Chinese tastes in dramas because I’ll still clueless exactly what are Chinese tastes these days. I’ll bring the casting as it’s confirmed but it’s guaranteed to be a bunch of young pretty faces who may or may not be able to act but can pout prettily. Think the SOP Queen sequel cast type of pretty but bland. Too bad Victoria and Jiang Jing Fu are doing the other drama, they’d be the right pretty age to do Heirs.