Do you remember the first TV drama series adaptation of the classic novel ‘Journey to the West’? Well, we don’t blame you. It has been 29 years since China’s state broadcaster CCTV aired the series in 1986.
Beijing Ruyi Xinxin Film Investment announced that it will be working with Paramount Pictures to produce the popular legend. Using the latest movie technology, the film will be shot in 3-D and is expected to be released in summer 2017.
And get this, Liu Xiao Ling Tong, Chi Chongrui and Ma Dehua, the original casts from the 1986 TV drama series will be starring in the remake titled ‘Where The Road Leads 敢问路在何方’.
Liu Xiao Ling Tong, who played the Monkey King in previous adaptation hopes that the upcoming Hollywood version will stay true to the original story. Details on who will be the director and scripts are still up in the air but the organisers echoed Liu Xiao Ling Tong’s views that they will stick closely to the original novel as much as possible.
Written in 16th century Ming Dynasty, the story is about the journey of Buddhist monk Xuan Zang, who travelled to the ‘Western Regions’ to obtain some sacred sutras. Xuan Zang’s 3 disciples – Sun Wukong, Zhu Wuneng and Sha Wujing – accompanied the monk on this legendary pilgrimage fraught with demons and traps in a bid to atone for their sins and attain enlightenment. The popular ‘Journey to the West’ story has seen more that a few remakes over the years. The latest one ‘Badlands’, produced by AMC stars Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu, is expected to premiere in late 2015.
The 3-D version of ‘Journey to the West’ will be produced by Mark Johnson of ‘Rain Man’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ fame.