My Fair Princess to get another reboot

Ruby Lin (left) and Zhao Wei in the original My Fair Princess.
Ruby Lin (left) and Zhao Wei in the original My Fair Princess.PHOTO: SCV

Beloved Chinese palace drama My Fair Princess (Huanzhu Gege) will be getting another reboot.

The news was announced by Taiwanese writer and creator of the show Chiung Yao at a press event in China, who said she would act as consultant on the series.

She said: "This time around, My Fair Princess will be produced in collaboration with Tencent Pictures. We hope that we will be able to tell this familiar love story in a way that appeals to young people."

Other than the television series reboot, the story will be used for a new video game as well as an animation series.

The original My Fair Princess (1998 to 1999) was a huge hit across Asia and endeared audiences to the cast, which included Zhao Wei, Fan Bingbing, Ruby Lin and Alec Su. Set in the 18th-century Qing Dynasty, the period drama follows the story of the innocent Xiaoyanzi (Zhao), who becomes a princess by accident after befriending the emperor's illegitimate daughter, Ziwei (Lin).

The story had a reboot in 2011, but that version failed to match the success of the original.

The latest version is expected to air sometime next year.

Yip Wai Yee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2018, with the headline 'My Fair Princess to get another reboot'. Print Edition | Subscribe