China’s propensity to doubly milk a potential hit continues with news coming out of a recent awards show that a highly anticipated adaption will be going for the usual two-fer treatment. Popular C-novel One Smile is Very Alluring (Wei Wei Yi Xiao Hen Qing Cheng) just wrapped filming on the C-drama adaptation starring Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang, with the drama scheduled for a 2016 release and fans of the story dying to finally see it hit the screen. Now the adaptation has been confirmed to get the big screen treatment along with the small screen version, with the C-movie set to start filming starring Jing Bo Ran and Angelababy, with the former the new It Boy in C-ent thanks to the box office breaking hit Monster Hunt as well as a well-received C-drama turn in Love Through a Millenium, the C-adaptation of Queen In Hyun’s Man, which coincidentally starred him and Zheng Shuang.
C-ent is basically turning into a tiny incestuous pool of actors and actresses that get paired up with each other in various couplings. For those who have read the novel, which of the two sets of leads fits the characters better? Zheng Shuang and Angelababy have very similar visuals, super thin and cutesy, but Yang Yang is cool and aloof while Jing Bo Ran strikes me as slightly goofy and staid. I like all four actors so this is really a question of which medium best fits the storytelling, as well as chemistry between the leads and whatnot. But continue to get used to this doubling down format, the adaptation of Ice Fantasy and Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles Peach Blossoms are also getting dual C-dram and C-movie versions.