According to Taiwanese media reports, Hong Kong’s Media Asia Entertainment is interested in making a movie version of the hit South Korean SBS television series, You Who Came from the Stars <來自星星的你>.
Currently one of the most popular foreign drama series airing in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, the sci-fi romantic comedy drama, which stars Gianna Jun and Kim Soo Hyun, drew in over 800 million online viewers on official Chinese video-sharing websites.
The 21-episode series is also a big hit in its native Korea, with television ratings peaking at 30 percent. You Who Came from the Stars premiered on Korea’s SBS channel on December 18, 2013, and is set to air its finale on February 27, 2014.
Sources say that many Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong television stations attempted to purchase the rights to adapt You Who Came from the Stars to their own versions, but SBS declined, revealing their plans on adapting the series into their own feature film, reports Popular Asians.
Media Asia is one of the largest Chinese-language film studios, producing successful films such as Infernal Affairs <無間道> and A World Without Thieves <天下無賊>.
Media Asia admitted, “We’re definitely interested in making a film version of You Who Came from the Stars. We want to purchase the rights to adapt it. As for the female lead, we’ll talk about it if we are able to purchase the rights. We hope to collaborate with Korea, but for now it is still too early to say anything.”
Rumors surfaced claiming that Media Asia was looking into casting Taiwan’s Shu Qi (舒淇) and mainland China’s Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) as the lead stars in the Chinese-language adaptation.
Changing the story’s setting from ancient Korea to ancient China, the film is expected to begin production at the end of the year. SBS, however, reportedly wanted to bring back Gianna Jun to star instead. Gianna Jun has yet to respond to the casting reports.
In regards to Huang Xiaoming’s involvement, his manager replied with a laugh and declined to comment further. Shu Qi’s manager has not given a reply.
Taiwanese actors Mark Chao (趙又廷) and Kai Ko (柯震東) have also been considered.