The production for the movie sequel of hit Taiwanese drama series, Black & White, is stuck in its own development hell.
Ever since the nomination list for the Taiwan Golden Bell Awards was released, rumours on the discord between the two lead actors Vic Zhou and Mark Chao have been spreading like wildfire.
After the Golden Bell Awards, Vic reportedly requested to have a look at the film script. However, director Tsai Yueh Hsun’s company wanted the actor to readjust his work schedule instead, causing things to reach a standstill.
On various occasions, director Tsai openly expressed his plans to wait for Vic despite the latter’s busy schedule. Mark had also openly declare that he will not take on the movie if Vic is not starring in it. However, production has to start by April 2010 as investors are panning for a Christmas release next year.
In a meeting two days ago, Tsai finally cleared the air on Vic’s participation in the movie. The producer, Yu Xiao Hui, shared that the fifth version of the altered script still includes Vic’s character, however, Vic’s busy schedule and non-commitment to the movie is causing much headache to the team.
Tsai jokingly commented, “As to how we should resolve this problem, I welcome everyone to send in their scripts.”
A representative from Tsai’s company expressed that they might have to strike off Vic’s role in the show “because there can never be another Chen Zai Tian (Vic’s character in the series).”
While Vic is currently in Taipei filming his upcoming movie, Ai Ni Yi Wan Nian, his manager commented on the decision made by Tsai and said, “Didn’t they say that they would not shoot without Vic?”
“I respect the decision made by director Tsai and I can only say that it is a pity.”