Is 16 years long enough or still too short a period of time to consider offering up a new version? Drama adaptations of Louis Cha wuxia novels are now hitting airwaves at shorter and shorter intervals in between so 16 years may be sufficient to proffer up another Taiwan drama take on the classic shoujo romance manga Hana Yori Dango (Boys Before Flowers). The TW-drama adaptation of HanaDan was the 2001 hit drama Meteor Garden which launched the careers of the entire cast which is quite a feat – Barbie Hsu (Da S), Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu, and Rainie Yang.
Each on went on to varying levels of superstar-dom and now the same hit producer of Meteor Garden (and the Godmother of Taiwan idol dramas) Angie Chai just announced that she is going to remake MG to air in 2018. Since Meteor Garden there has been the J-dorama version of HanaDan, the K-version Boys Before Flowers, and the C-drama Let’s Go Watch Meteor Shower, and each has made the cast super famous. It’ll be interesting to see which newbies get cast for the 2018 TW-drama remake and how it’ll stack up against the original.