The TV version of The Monkey King 悟空传 was announced and two concept photos were released last week at the Cannes Film Festival in Paris. The drama follows the successful release of its movie counterpart Wu Kong starring Eddie Peng.
We all know that the story of the Monkey King is based on the 16th century novel, Journey to the West, by Wu Cheng’en. It is still considered to be one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.
The story is so popular in fact that there have been a number of movie adaptations in the last four years alone. Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West: Conquering the Demon and Journey to the West 2: The Demon Strikes Back (2013, 2017), The Monkey King with Donnie Yen (2014), The Monkey King 2 and The Monkey King 3 with Aaron Kwok (2016, 2018). That’s not even counting the drama adaptations!
This new adaptation is based on a novel by Jin He Zai 今何在 who did his own take on Journey to the West. With so many film actors transitioning into dramas, I wonder, is it possible to hope for a role reprisal from Eddie Peng?