If this is true, then it’s very good news ^^. As much as I love HYD, there’s really too many remakes of it =/.
It was revealed today that the chinese remake of Meteor Garden, an adapation of the best-selling manga Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio is most likely a fraud.
Japan publisher Shueisha, Inc. who holds the rights to the popular manga had inked an agreement with Group Eight beforehand stating that no adapations of any kind can be made after them in the next 2 years. A Group Eight representative said today, “When we signed the contract with Shueisha, Inc., it was stated clearly that after our Korean adapation, there will be no more drama adapations of the manga within the next 2 years.”
Although Boys Before Flowers originated from Japan, it was first made into a drama by Taiwan in 2001 with the resounding success bringing a sequel 2 years later. The Japanese drama adapation followed in 2005 with a sequel and a live-action movie in 2007 and 2008 respectively. All came away with resounding success. Boys Before Flowers is thus labelled by many to bring success to anyone associated with it.
Two years later in 2009, the word that Korea will also be filming their own adapation generated much interest within the nation and overseas. To protect the value of the manga and the Korean adapation, Shueisha, Inc. had decided on withholding the rights to prevent others from filming an adapation of the drama within the next 2 years.
But lately, there was news that Hunan TV together with Days Entertainment Company will be producing a chinese adapation of Boys Before Flowers and has generated a lot of interest with all the casting, etc already finalised. Filming is expected to commence soon. Many fans are however very unhappy because of the drastic changes made to the story. But with the latest statement by Group Eight today, they are properly doing the right thing.
Group Eight and Shueisha, Inc. expressed that they will be keeping a close watch on the China remake in case their copyrights are violated.
I just thought of this; what if China fights back and says they’re basing it on Meteor Garden rather than the original HYD? Hmm, I’m not sure anymore. I know MG’s story derived from HYD, but I guess China will have a point if they say they’re following MG loosely and adding their own changes and twists to it..?