Production on a TV series based on the 2018 hit Taiwanese romantic film More Than Blue is set to kick off this summer.
Produced by mm2 Taiwan in association with Goodfilms Workshop, the ten-episode series will feature star-crossed lovers Chang Che-Kai and Sung Yuan-Yuan in their student days, while diving into the backstories of the film’s supporting characters. Pei-Ju Hsieh will direct the More Than Blue series, which has the involvement of the team behind the original movie, including producer Rita Chuang, director Gavin Lin and screenwriter Hermes Lu.
The show is expected to be broadcasted in 2021. mm2 Asia has been appointed as the global distributor outside of China.
Chen Qi Yuan, general manager at mm2 Taiwan, said: “We are incredibly optimistic about the fans’ interest in the new television series as evidence from the online forums on the subject. There have been several outstanding dramas released in Taiwan recently that have done very well in the ratings, and we are expecting a new wave of interest for the format.”
Chuang added: “Because the 2018 film was so well-received, it is of the utmost importance for the television series to surpass both the original films’ tone in terms of emotional depth; to move the hearts of the fans and new audiences alike.”
Lin said: “The biggest challenge is maintaining the sentimentality of the story while weaving in more emotionally poignant plots to portray the experiences of true love. We hope that through this drama, the audience will see the potential and capability in the new generation of actors in Taiwan, and will feel motivated to face dilemmas with courage.”
Hsieh added: “I really admire how More than Blue successfully creates an emotional atmosphere that resonates with the audience, and I intend to follow this lead.” She also expresses that she is honored to have the opportunity to work with director Gavin Lin and the outstanding team behind the original film, and hopes that the upcoming drama will add depth and detail to the familiar characters that are well-loved by the audience.