New Drama Adaptation of The Monkey King (Wu Kong Zhuan)

Wu Kong Zhuan drama adaptation posters

The TV version of The Monkey King 悟空传 was announced and two concept photos were released last week during a Cannes Film Festival event held 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

Wu Kong Zhuan drama adaptation posters
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5 comments:

  1. I think this is one with raymon lam as monkey king is it not?

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    1. I was wondering the same. Viki has a fan channel for "Legends of Monkey King" drama with Raymong Lam but I don't think they are the same production.

      https://www.viki.com/tv/35728c-the-legends-of-monkey-king

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    2. should be different, at least their Chinese title is already different:) 悟空传 vs 大泼猴. This one seems to be in very early stages of production, no cast, no filming yet.

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    3. @ Anne J
      I think you're right. The titles are different. The Raymong Lam drama is called "The Legends of Monkey King". Here's a trailer for it.
      http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzU0Nzc2NjY2OA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0

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  2. No hopes for drama version of monkey king, movie will be ok because they are short.
    Once upon a time, a monkey king that looks like dicky cheung was the best, the end.
    I love eddie and everything, and the computer effects are amazing, but, I don't care. Something already telling me for sure, the storyline won't be there.

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