IQiyi Pictures to adapt Thai comedy, Chinese stories of the supernatural

Updated 2017-06-16 10:34:40 Global Times

Thailand box-office hit comedy film ATM will be adapted into a Chinese movie, iQiyi Pictures announced on Wednesday when releasing its list of new film projects.

Directed by Zha Muchun, who has worked as a scriptwriter on popular films like Go Away Mr. Tumor and Buddies in India, Welcome to Xiongren Town will closely follow the story set out in the original Thai film, but set it in a Chinese town.

The 2012 romantic comedy about a couple who work at a bank that does not allow employees to fraternize became one of Thailand's all-time top-grossing films shortly after its release.

The Chinese adaptation is currently filming in East China's Zhejiang Province and is scheduled to reach Chinese mainland cinemas in 2018.

Additionally, iQiyi Pictures also announced it would produce a series of films inspired by Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) writer Pu Songling's Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, one of China's most famous collections of ghost stories and strange tales.

The first film in the series will be 3D animated film Detective Pu Songling, adapted from young online novelist Tengda's popular work.

"We have numerous film and TV adaptations of [Journey to the West]. It is time to develop Pu Songling into a big IP," Ya Ning, president of iQiyi Picutres, said at the press conference.

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