Malaysian represent! Malaysian writer Yangsze Choo’s New York Times best-selling novel, “The Ghost Bride” will be debuting on Netflix in the near future.
“The Ghost Bride” will be a 6-episode series that centres on the traditional practice of ghost marriages. Pretty interesting right? Wait, it gets better!
The Mandarin original series will be directed by award-winning Malaysian directors Quek Shio-Chuan and Ho Yuhang. You may remember Quek from last year’s award-winning “Guang” (centring on a young man diagnosed with autism) and various Hari Raya commercials. Meanwhile, Ho has already made a name for himself for his work in 2009’s “At The End Of The Daybreak” and 2017’s “Mrs K”.
Fellow Malaysian musical and theatre artist Tian Tze Kuang has also sign on to come onboard for this screen adaptation. He will be joined by Canadian-Chinese actor Ludi Lin (who was recently in “Aquaman” and “Power Rangers”) as well as Taiwanese stars Wu Kang Ren and Huang Peijia.
The plot for “The Ghost Bride” reads:
“Set in 1890s Colonial Malacca, protagonist Li Lan receives a marriage proposal from the affluent Lim family. If Li Lan agrees to become a “ghost bride” to their recently deceased son, her family will be saved from a lifetime of debt. But shortly after the wedding, she finds herself haunted by the afterworld, besides being thrown in the middle of a murder mystery.”
The Netflix series will be shot at various locations in Malaysia. They include Penang, Ipoh, and Johor Bahru. Production is currently underway and no released date has been announced yet.
But here’s a teaser to wet your appetite:
American-Taiwanese TV writer Kai Yu Wu, for his well-known for his work in “Hannibal” and “The Flash”, has also join the team as head writer.