Entertainment11 July 2018
Singapore, July 11 2018 - Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announces that the new Mandarin series Meteor Garden 2018 will premiere on July 13. Scripted, directed and produced by multi-talented showrunner Angie Chai who teams up with renowned producer Adam Tsuei, this new rendition will recreate the sensation which swept Asia 17 years ago. Meteor Garden 2018 introduces a new generation of the “F4” cast with talent including Xu Xi Di, Amber Kuo and Harlem Yu.
Meteor Garden 2018 will premiere exclusively on Netflix globally excluding Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. In most APAC markets, the first six episodes will be available on July 13n 7am PTS / 10pm SGT, with six new episodes added to service every Fridays afterwards, while Korea and Japan will join at a later date.
“Meteor Garden debuted in 17 countries and was well-received across Asia in 2001” said Chai. “It was a drama series loved by many including teenagers and young adults. The new rendition is re-adapted for the millennial generation from story, script to an on-demand viewing platform so that a new generation of viewers will enjoy this classic love story. Netflix is top-of-mind for me as the platform to present this classic remake because it will showcase the unique charisma of Asian idol dramas to a global audience. The new Meteor Garden also sets a new high for Mandarin idol drama. ”
Adam Tsuei, chief producer of Meteor Garden, has worked with Chai on many popular Mandarin television productions and is once again reunited for this highly-anticipated remake. He said, “There was a lot of pressure on sourcing for the right partners and resources when we made the decision to remake this pop classic. Thanks to our track record of successes and the support from Netflix, the reputation of Meteor Garden 2018 precedes its actual debut.”
“Netflix wants to discover charming stories from every corner of the world for our global members. Meteor Garden is a must-watch classic.” Rob Roy, Vice President, Content (Asia) at Netflix added, “With Chai’s creativity and unique vision for idol drama, it is delightful to bring the brand new Meteor Garden 2018 to Netflix global members. Netflix members will enjoy the show no matter if they are fans already or new to this series.”
Meteor Garden 2018 is scripted, directed and produced by Angie Chai, a TV pioneer in Taiwan. The four male characters will be played Dylan Wang (Daoming Si), Darren Chen (Huazelei), Leon Leong (Meizuo) and Caesar Wu (Ximen).
Two key actresses will be played by Shen Yue (Shancai) and Xu Xi Di (Daoming Zhuang). Special appearances include Amber Kuo and Harlem Yu. This classic love story will be reinterpreted with a fresh and young perspective.
In 2001, Chai adapted Japanese manga Boys Over Flowers into the first TV series in Asia. Its popularity inspired many idol series over the next decade. The series was later adapted into several other Asian languages and became a classic in Asia.
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About Angie ChaiAngie Chai is a renowned television producer and manager in Taiwan. She has produced multiple classic variety shows, TV series and blockbuster films, such as Super Sunday and Meteor Garden (Mandarin version in 2001). Her collaboration with producer Adam Tsuei has brought multiple blockbusters to Asian audience. Selected as “Stars in Asia” by Business Week in 2002, she received Producer of the Year Award 2012 with Xiao Ju’s Spring. She was the only female selected in Ten Highlight Figures in Greater China Region in 2013.