A live-action drama of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s popular novel Tian Guan Ci Fu is scheduled to begin filming in the second quarter of 2021.
So far there is no casting news for the Tian Guan Ci Fu drama, but this tweet translates some of the other production announcements that have been released for context. It seems it will have the same director as the other popular Mo Xian Tong Xiu adaption, The Untamed (Mo Dao Zu Shi). Needless to say, people who liked how that adaption turned out will probably have a lot to look forward to here.
Drama adaptation of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s BL novel #HeavenOfficialsBlessing (#TianGuanCiFu) gears up for production. Co-produced by iQiyi, Huace/Croton, & Syndication Film & TV, filming is slated to begin Q2 2021, with Chen Jialin (The Untamed) as director#天官赐福 pic.twitter.com/TxWoqBwAjr
— cdrama tweets (@dramapotatoe) December 9, 2020
The fandom is a bit split at the prospect of a live-action Tian Guan Ci Fu, just as there would be with any highly beloved book. Fans of Cdramas are pretty thrilled, but many book readers have been expressing concerns about inevitable casting disagreements, budgeting concerns, fandom demographic changes, and, most concerning to me, potential censorship issues. Then again, we were all pretty worried that the TGCF donghua was going to be pretty heavily censored, but it hasn’t been. The other concerns, however, will need to have a ‘wait and see’ style approach that will likely have book fans a bit antsy for the foreseeable future.
I’m in the “I’m worried” camp, but this is also my absolute favorite book and I won’t be able to miss out on consuming any and all official content from it. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the donghua, so anything can happen! You can bet that if I have access to it, I will review it here on The Geekiary, so stay tuned for that!
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