At first, we all thought it was a joke. Huan Zhu Ge Ge has been a stable of Hunan TV, and many look forward to the trilogy every summer for the past 12 years. And still, it has yet lost its appeal and remains a viewer-getter.
Yet as the official news stack up, it seems to be real. Hunan TV’s editor-in-chief Li Hao even gave an interview about it. Of course, that could be false or done for an alternate purpose, too. It also seems to make sense that the one of the reasons for the new drama is the fact that Hunan TV’s gone HD, which means that HZGG will look fairly weak compared to other dramas broadcasted.
According to ihunantv, the new HZGG will encompass all three seasons in a long, 80-episode-drama. The plot will also be changed by Qiong Yao herself. Cast is yet undecided, and it’s still uncertain whether eeMedia or Nesound (or both) will be filming the drama.
I’m a bit more comforted by the fact that this is a Qiong Yao drama. She has final jurisdiction on who gets to be on her dramas, and has great taste. But at the same time, I’m worried by Long Danni’s slight nepotism and the poor guys who’ll have to shave their hair off. We’re hoping that this new drama will be set in a different dynasty that has prettier clothes. And I definitely have my eyes set on Huang Ying as the Fragrant Princess Han Xiang.
sidenote: did you know that Qiong Yao was also born in Chengdu?