Dramas that will be streaming on Tencent this year and next have released trailers and posters. I personally want to watch Liu Yifei and Chen Xiao’s A Dream of Splendor, as well as Daylight Ent’s The Bond. Which ones are you looking forward to most?
The Lost Caverns龙岭迷窟 is the first of Tencent’s Candle in the Tomb series, and stars Pan Yueming as Hu Bayi. He played Hu Bayi’s ancestor Chen Yulou in The Wrath of Time. Costars include Zhang Yuqi as Shirley Yang and Jiang Chao as Wang Pangzi, and the trio will be reprising their roles in the next 4 instalments.
The 30min x 18 episode drama releases 3 episodes every Wednesday. Find the first three English-subbed on WeTV.
Candle in the Tomb: The Wrath of Timeis a mystery drama based on Tianxia Bachang’s novel series of the same name, and focuses on the generation of robbers before Hu Bayi (played by Jin Dong, Chen Kun, Mark Chao etc. in various adaptions).
The team is led by grave robber Chen Yulou (Pan Yueming) and includes his right-hand-woman Miss Hong (Xin Zhilei) and Zhe Gushao (Gao Weiguang), the last descendant of the Banshan Clan who wants to find a magical pearl that can free his clan from a deadly curse.
Based on the seventh book in Tianxia Bachang’s Ghost Blows out the Light novel series, The Wrath of Time 鬼吹灯之怒晴湘西 stars Pan Yueming(Day & Night) as Chen Yulou, a grave robber who decides to explore the Yuan Dynasty tombs in Xiangxi.
The two book series that set off the tomb-raiding craze will be both made into a series of films.
Among the two, The Ghouls: Code of the Dragon 鬼吹灯之寻龙诀 will be directed by Wu’ershan (Painted Skin II). The film, based on the first book of the second series, is produced by Huayi Brothers, Wanda, and Enlight Media, and is set for a December 2015 release.
Meanwhile, The Lost Tombs 盗墓笔记 will be produced by our favorite Huanrui along with Filmko Entertainment. Part 1 of 8 is planning for a summer 2016 release.
What do you think? Which one are you looking forward to the most?
P.S. For those of you faint in the heart, The Lost Tombs actually has real ghosts while The Ghouls does not. And for those of you who are righteous in the heart, The Ghouls feature archaeologists who are forced to search the graves rather than actual grave robbers.