Popular Chinese palace drama “My Fair Princess” (还珠格格) is about to get another remake once again, and filming is expected to begin next year.
The news was announced at a recent press conference held by Tencent Pictures, by the original author and producer of the show Chiung Yao (琼瑶) who will serve as the consultant of the series.
“This time around, My Fair Princess will be produced in collaboration with Tencent Pictures. We hope that we will be able to tell this familiar love story in a way that appeals to young people,” Chiung Yao said as quoted by Straits Times.
Apart from the reboot, there will also be an animation series and an RPG (role-playing game) of the show.
The original “My Fair Princess” also known as “Return of the Pearl Princess” is a famous 90s TV series which launched the career of actresses Vicki Zhao (赵薇), Ruby Lin (林心如), and Fan Bingbing (范冰冰).
The series is set in the 18th century of Qing Dynasty, following the tomboyish and innocent Xiaoyanzi who becomes a princess by accident after befriending the emperor’s illegitimate daughter Xia Ziwei.
“My Fair Princess” is a huge hit is East Asia and Southeast Asia, spawning 2 sequels and a remake in 2011. It is considered to be the most commercially successful Chinese-language series in history.
Its remake however, failed to match the success of the original series.