Filming has started on the C-drama adaptation of the popular time-traveling K-drama from a few years ago Queen In Hyun’s Man. Starring pretty young things Zheng Shuang and Jing Bo Ran, the drama has a different title since it’s now based on Chinese history and there ain’t no Queen In Hyun in any Chinese dynasty. The C-drama is titled In Love Through Thousand Years, which unfortunately invokes my memory of the most absurd and uproarious time-traveling K-drama from over a decade ago starring So Ji Sub and Sung Yuri called Thousand Years of Love. Hopefully this is just a similar name and will have no resemblance to that dated wonkiness.
The C-version is being co-produced with Korean entertainment company CJ E&M, which produced QIHM, and the original screenwriter is serving as the production consultant for the show. Zheng Shuang plays the same sassy modern day actress character as Yoo In Na, while Jing Bo Ran’s ancient era warrior scholar has been punted back a few more millenia and now comes from the Han dynasty, hence the thousand years in the title since they are separated by about two thousand years gap. I’m not sure if/when SARFT lifted that ban on time-traveling C-dramas but if this is in production then clearly there must be a venue to air it once it’s done. Check out all the pretty first peeks from the set.