Stills are out on the upcoming drama Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花. There are two adaptations, a movie and a TV series, both based on the novel by Tangqi Gongzi 唐七公子.
I caught a glimpse of the controversial author's penchant for sadistic romance 虐戀 in City of Devastating Love and Three Lives Three Worlds appears to be no different, detailing a tragic love story that transcends through the afterlife.
Yang Mi (Sword of Legends) and Mark Chao (The Warriors Gate) take the lead as the fated lovers Bai Qian and Yue Hua while Dilraba Dilmurat (Pretty Li Hui Zhen) and Gao Weiguang (Classic of Mountains and Seas) bring up the rear as Feng Jiu and Dong Hua, the protagonists from the sequel Three Lives Three Worlds The Pillow Book.
The rest of the cast also includes Zhang Zhi Yao (The Lost Tomb), Zhang Bin Bin (Just One Smile is Very Alluring), Maggie Huang and Zhu Xu Dan.
As is the fate of popular novel adaptations, there was much speculation over casting and here is one of the hopefuls from 2014 pairing Wallace Huo and Tiffany Tang Yan.
In spite of the contrarians who prefer the movie casting of Crystal Liu and Yang Yang, the drama can turn out to be just as good if not better since it has the freedom to do more in terms of character development.
Even though I'm certain that endless comparisons will be made between the movie and drama right down to the kid actor, I'm rather open to both, which look promising in its own way.
You might already be familiar with Qing Qiu because it is a place often referred to in novels that take inspiration from ancient literature. Three Lives Three Worlds is no different as it is loosely based on the Classic of Mountains and Seas 山海经 depicting stories about deities and people that could only have existed in legends.
For synopsis, cast and ratings, see 2016 Chinese historical dramas.