Anyone ready for round two of Bride of the Century? No, I’m not talking about a sequel maybe involving a reformed Yi Kyung meeting her perfect man who ends up having a family curse spanning generations. What’s coming is a Chinese flavored Bride of the Century courtesy of a C-drama remake that is right around the corner. This is the second popular K-drama this year to get scooped up for a remake, the first being You From Another Star. BotC was popular streaming on the Chinese drama watching sites and garnered a lot of buzz which quickly led to a production company approaching Chosun TV to discuss buying to rights for the remake. The only saving grace that would compel me to even check out the C-version is that the remake will be a joint Chinese-Korean production and behind the helm will be the PD who directed BotC as well as his entire directorial team from lighting to costuming. Part of me wonders why they don’t just buy BotC and dub it in Chinese and air it directly, but then I remembered SARFT being totally hard-asses lately and grinding down on foreign dramas airing on Chinese television.
The C-version of BotC will reportedly star a Korean actor paired with a C-actress, with the production looking for a Korean male actor who has Lee Hong Ki‘s warmth and appeal and promising a C-actress who can play both roles of Yi Kyung and Doo Rim as well as Yang Jin Sung did. I think this remake will also need to hope for lightning in a bottle that the two leads will generate as much natural chemistry as Lee Hong Ki and Yang Jin Sung sparked with each other. That stuff can’t be predicted and is either there or it isn’t. I can’t stop this remake from happening but I don’t think botching it (highly likely) will ruin my affection for the original. The production has stated that the remake will be tweaked to infuse it with Chinese flavor for the local audiences, which leave me scratching my head as to exactly what that means. I’ve watched plenty of C-dramas and I honestly don’t know what C-flavor is since the dramas coming out of China are all over the place. I’ll keep an eye on this as it develops but for now it’s keeping Bride of the Century in the news longer. Check out the latest pictures the PD posted with Lee Hong Ki and Yang Jin Sung on set.