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Louis Koo and Raymond Lam may film movie version of "A Step into the Past"; Estimated to start next year

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Louis Koo and Raymond Lam may film movie version of "A Step into the Past"; Estimated to start next year

 

In 2001, TVB released the drama "A Step Into the Past", which was adapted from the novel of the same name, written by Huang Yi. The drama was well-received all around Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan, and because of this, the popularity of Louis Koo and Raymond Lam grew rapidly. 14 years later, recently, Mainland video platform website, Youku expressed their intentions to film a web version of the drama and planned to have William Chan play Louis Koo's character, Hong Siu Long. However, because the drama involves time-travel, which is now a theme banned in Mainland China, the drama cannot be broadcasted on TV. Movies, on the other hand, do not have any restrictions; Louis has already planned to invite the original cast, such as Raymond Lam, to film a movie version of the drama with a 100 million dollar budget.

 

According to sources, Louis has already wanted to film a movie version of the popular drama, and even thought of inviting Johnnie To to direct; however because Louis hadn't been satisfied with the screenplay, so the film was left with an indefinite starting date. Until recently, the screenplay had been changed to a more satisfying version, so Louis has decided the movie will start filming next year. Unfortunately, because Johnnie To cannot fit it into his schedule, another director will have to be chosen.

 

101 million investment

 

Apparently, in preparation to film the movie version of "A Step Into the Past", Louis had already started preparing and discussing the novel's copyright a few years ago. But because there were problems with capital and dissatisfaction with the script, the plan for the movie was on hold. However, after Louis established his "One Cool Film" company last year, he received overseas funding support. So with the money now, he started to prepare for the project again and even began approaching other cast members. Raymond Lam's management company, EEG, has already received Louis Koo's invitation, hoping to invite Raymond Lam to play the role of Ying Ching. Other artists of the original cast, Jessica Hsuan, Sonija Kwok, Joyce Tang and Kong Wah also hope to have the opportunity to be used by the investors.

 

The budget of the film production is approximated to be around 80 million RMB, with another 30 million of marketing and promotions; total budget as high as 101 million! Once they find a suitable director, the movie will likely begin filming in Inner Mongolia next year. yesterday, reporters confirmed the news with Raymond Lam's manager, Mani Fok, she replied on the phone: "We did receive Louis' invitation, haven't officially confirmed the filming yet." Louis Koo, who is currently filming for Johnnie To's new movie "Three on the Road" in Guangzhou, was not willing to reveal too much. He said: "In principle, if we really do film a movie version, I would play the role of Hong Siu Long. Can't talk about anything else for now!"

 

Webdramas penetrating the market in recent years

 

The State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) in Mainland China has put a ban on broadcasting time travel theme dramas on TV; therefore many production companies have already given up on filming a Mainland China version of "A Step into the Past". However, in recent years, in order to increase their web hits, many Mainland websites have produced webdramas. The restrictions on webdramas are less than television dramas, so Youku has planned to have the production team of "Sword of Legends" to produce the webdrama version of "A Step into the Past". They intend to have William Chan play Hong Siu Long, and Melvin Wong and Angie Chiu's son, Wesley Wong, play Ying Ching. However, webdramas still have to be sent to get screened by the SARFT, so if the SARFT feels there is a problem with the content, they can still restrict the drama from being released.

 

Actually, a lot of risks comes with investing in webdramas. For example, last year, iQiyi invested and filmed the webdrama "The Lost Tomb", which is adapted from the novel of the same name. The first season filmed 12 episodes, with approximately 5 million RMB invested in each episode; total budget of 60 million RMB. However, the drama revolved around stealing a tomb, which is a banned theme in Mainland China. They were unable to get approved even after sending it to get screened multiple times. As a result, they had to alter the content and refilm, changing the story from stealing tombs and treasures to protecting a cultural artifact. In the end, they finally got approved to have the drama broadcast next month; however as the story has completely changed, it is hard to say whether the audience will accept it or not.

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that is awesome cant wait for two together make a drama verison ....lets go bring the original cast back too

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I remember the TVB series was very good. I would watch a movie version for sure

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This should be very very very interesting ...for it to become movie...

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I remember loving A Step Into the Past. Witty and entertaining. This and King of Yesterday were my two fave time travels from TVB

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I thought there were going to film a remake of this with a Mainland cast?

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This was a great drama!! Hope they could prepare to film it soon. It will be a sure hit, and better with the original cast.

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One of my all time favorite TVB drama, hope it lives up to the expectations!

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these time travel stories can be very well done, but tend to be repeated so much in mainland china that pple can get unrealistically sucked in...

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OMG! One of my favourite dramas of all time.. if they come out with a movie person, I'd be the first one to watch it!

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I enjoyed the series as well. Actually re-watched the entire series several years ago. As long as they bring the original cast for the movie, I'm good with it. Unlike what they're doing with Greed of Man casting new people......really ruins it for me.

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i loved this show, so I would be really happy if they made a movie..although doesn't it seem like they're making movies out of everything now??

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wow, all the movie versions are coming out. definitely looking forward to this one.

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OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSSS! this must happen! been a big fan of this series. Re-watched it at least 5 times.

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Overall, the drama was good, but there was so much boring filler in the middle. Hopefully, if a movie is made, they would cut all the boring stuff. They will probably need to make a trilogy to fit all the contents in it.

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if this is true that would be awesome. with the new technologies thats around now compare to before it would look really different

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it would be nice to see jessica back in an hk production! if only tvb had treated their artists much nicer, i think we would still have so many left! miss alot of them !

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im so excited for this movie!! i really do hope this happen

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many movie version seen on movie. try make better money and also run out of idea

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wow, can't wait to watch it & wish all the best to the crew!

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This is cool, i love this drama and i miss Raymond Lam and Louis Koo acting together.

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dayum cant wait to see this movie. sooo stoked for it louis and ray mond

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