So much must’ve happened for the happy-go-lucky Ma Tianyu to grow up to be the equally pretty but much more somber Jin Dong in the drama version of grave-robbing series The Ghouls 鬼吹灯. That, and a lot of acting school. Chen Qiao’en plays the female lead (previously portrayed by Yao Chen and Shu Qi). The drama is set to begin filming next March. No information on which books it will cover, nor whether the main character will be changed into a decent person as in the drama version of The Lost Tomb. Come on, Jin Dong, you just produced a drama about protecting cultural artifacts, you can turn this drama around, right?
For all my dislike of director Lu Chuan, this trailer looks epic. The Ghouls: Tower of Ghosts 鬼吹灯之九层妖塔 stars Mark Zhao, Yao Chen, Tang Yan, Rhydian Vaugh, and Li Chen. It’s one of the best trailers I’ve seen for a Chinese action-thriller, and I think Lu Chuan might actually pull it off to make it a new benchmark for such films in China.
Which one are you looking forward to more? This one, or director Wu’ershan’s The Ghouls: Code of the Dragon 鬼吹灯之寻龙诀 with Chen Kun, Huang Bo, Shu Qi, and Angelababy?
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?
The Ghouls concept trailer:
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.