You’ll be surprised with what you’ll discover once you roam around numerous forums.A favorite topic of discussion especially in the mainland is still Yu Zheng‘s Return of the Condor Heroes remake. We all know by now the ruckus it created after casting was announced. But there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. That is if you believe some of the theories floating around. Word is out that this adaptation will divert from the original in more ways than one. Instead of a Yang Guo having only one love in Xiao Long Nu, he will have 3!
I don’t have anything against changing some aspects from the book for cinematic purposes or for mass ppeal. I mean can you imagine a 40-year old Frodo instead of the youthful Elijah Wood on the big screen? And for the life of me, I could never have imagined Dong Fang Bu Bai to be evil and endearing at the same time until the amazing Chen Qiao En played her in Swordsman(2013). Which was also one of Yu Zheng’s masterplan. Yuan Shan Shan even complained about the lack of love she received after being overshadowed by the villain DFBB until cold water was splashed on her face, figuratively that is. I have a gut feeling that Yu Zheng is cooking up something similar to this. I heard from the grapevine that Zhang Xin Yu who’s playing the vengeful Li Mo Chou will have a love line with Chen Xiao‘s Yang Guo! Now this I want to see! It helps that Zhang Xin Yu looks the part so well in the stills that fans are welcoming this diversion with open arms. But in these modern times, we cannot hold it as proof that the actual takes are as good (Thank Photoshop for that!).
So help me, I am on the fence about this adaptation. Though, I admit, the interest is definitely there. Or else, why the hell would I write about it in the first place? It’s still going to be a long wait before it comes out and sometimes even longer as what happened to Da Mo Yao (Ballad of the Dessert) which got a new title “The Sun Moon Legend”. But that is for another writing.