Tencent, Youhug, Wanda Pictures, etc. collaborate to present Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave 鬼吹灯之黄皮子坟, a 12-episode Chinese action adventure web series starring Ethuan Ruan (Never Said Goodbye) and Xu Lu (Tribes and Empires).
It is adapted from Ghost Blows Out the Candle by Tian Xia Ba Chang 天下霸唱 that is comprised of eight books, two parts detailing the life of the protagonist as a young man and the remaining six revolving around his life as an adult.
The version starring Jin Dong and Joe Chen is based on the tomb raiding adventures of a middle aged Hu Ba Yi while this one features a time before he met his other half Shirley.
Given how the first one fared under China's film regulatory agencies, I wasn't expecting a new adaptation so soon though I suppose it must have to do with Candle in the Tomb earning a solid 8.2/10 on popular ratings website Douban.
The story begins when Hu Ba Yi finds a photograph that brings back memories from twenty years ago when he and Pang Zi went up the mountains to catch weasels yet they end up unearthing a mysterious tomb instead.
The series will be directed by Guan Hu whose most recent project was the critically-acclaimed Mr. Six. The drama will be literally going by the book in its interpretation of the novel.
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Release Date: TBD on Tencent QQ