Renowned Chinese producer Zhang Jizhong is inviting Internet
users from around the world to offer suggestions for his remake of
TV drama Journey to the West, which will start shooting
Zhang Jizhong (M) attends
the press conference held by Yahoo China on Thursday, March
Star Daily reports the project's official website was
launched by Yahoo! China at a press conference on Thursday.
Zhang posted 10 questions to ask for opinions from Internet
users regarding the remake at the official website. Outstanding
suggestions will be incorporated by the crew into the real plot of
Zhang revealed at the press conference that the 50-episode
remake of the TV series will employ the talents of casting director
Zhang Jianya and a young five-member screenwriting team.
According to Zhang, the five lead roles of the TV series will be
given to new characters while respecting the original classical
Regarding a reporter's suggestion that Jay Chow star in the role
of the Monkey King, Zhang said no, explaining the crew could not
afford such a big star since the TV drama will shoot for seven or
eight months. He said the lead actors have not yet been
The producer has decided to invite actors like Li Yapeng, Zhou
Xun, Jiang Qingqing and Huang Xiaoming, all of whom have starred in
his previous projects, for supporting roles.
(CRI.cn March 17, 2007)