TVB seems extremely confident in the success of their upcoming Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲霄> film. The company has committed $100 million HKD to its production, and has recruited a top-notch team of cast and crew to bring their hit series to the big screen.
According to a report on Jayne Stars, the idea of a film version of the pilot drama has been floating around since the success of last summer’s Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>.
When TVB expressed interest in the project, many fans hoped that Chilam Cheung (張智霖) would reprise his popular role as the suave Captain Cool.
Chilam’s current management company, China 3D Digital Entertainment, also wants to hop on board and was in negotiations to become a partner.
In addition to securing Chilam and Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) for their existing roles, TVB is also in the process of adding Louis Koo (古天樂) to the star-studded lineup.
TVB executive Tommy Leung (梁家樹), a top producer and the Controller of the company’s Drama Production division, was assigned to lead the project.
He recently announced that he will leave his current position to pursue film production as a Senior Consultant for TVB’s parent company, Shaw Brothers Studios.
Working for TVB for over forty years, Leung has helmed many major prime time series, and is credited with bringing many artists to super stardom.
On February 26, TVB held a reception to honor Leung’s contributions and to mark his transition to his new post. Wanting to work in film for quite some time, Leung will now focus all of his energy on the Triumph in the Skies movie under the Shaw Brothers Studios banner.
Currently in pre-production, the film will begin shooting sometime in May or June.
Although the male leads have been confirmed, the production team is still in search of a female star. Leung revealed today that he is looking to cast a Mainland actress, though kept mum about a list of potential candidates.