27 Feb – With the success of the South Korean drama, "You Who Came from the Stars", it was revealed that the broadcaster SBS has now decided to collaborate with Hong Kong's Media Asia Entertainment to produce a movie version.
The series, which stars Kim Soo-hyun and actress Jeon Ji-hyun - the latter who successfully made her TV comeback through the drama, has been a huge hit not only in its home country, but also all around Asia.
It drew over 800 million views on Chinese video-sharing websites and was one of the highest rated Korean series in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
The success sparked interest from television stations in all three areas to produce a TV remake of their own, but SBS instead has a different plan to produce a movie version of the series.
According to QQ, it was reported that the broadcaster had been looking for a Chinese production company to co-produce the movie, and have settled on negotiating with Media Asia, the studio that brought movies such as "Infernal Affairs" and "A World Without Thieves".
Meanwhile, rumours are rife that Media Asia is interested in casting Taiwanese actress Shu Qi and Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming to play the leads in the movie version, which allegedly will begin production at the end of the year.
However, sources claimed that SBS prefers that its star, Jeon Ji-hyun to return as the lead actress instead.
When asked to comment about the rumours, Media Asia stated, "We are very interested in making a movie version of the drama and we want to purchase the rights to adapt it. As for the female lead, we will talk about it only when we succeed in purchasing the rights."
"We would like to collaborate with Korea. But it's too early to say anything," said the company's representative.