iQIYI, SPT collaboration begins with Chinese version of Chosen | Programming | News | Rapid TV News
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Principal photography has begun in Australia on Chosen, the co-production from China’s iQIYI and Huaso, a joint venture between CCTV6 and Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

iQIYI logoThe Mandarin-language trilogy, adapted from the US drama Chosen, will star Golden Bell Award winner Lan Cheng-lung and Chinese actress Deng Jiajia. Lan Cheng-lung and Deng Jiajia star as a couple, both doctors, who become unwittingly involved in a mysterious killer game while on a working holiday in Australia. Young theatre actor Han Pengyi co-stars in the project, playing a Sydney playboy IT specialist who gets caught up in deadly the game.

The production is the first project to be green lit by iQIYI and SPT since the two companies announced their content collaboration in December 2016.

“The Chinese trilogy Chosen will bring online audiences a new screening experience as if they were watching a premium American TV series, and will also surprise the viewers of the American original,” said Dou Lili, general manager of iQIYI’s Web Film Development Centre. “For instance, the leading man is changed from a lawyer into a doctor, thus when he faces the trials of the killer game, his struggle with humanity becomes much more profound.”

Wayne Garvie, chief creative officer for international production at SPT, said: “We are excited and honoured to have made such a unique collaboration with iQIYI. SPT has a wide range of shows that could be adapted into different cultures. We look forward to having more opportunities to work with Chinese partners in the near future.”

Yang Xianghua, senior vice president of iQIYI , added that the collaboration with SPT strengthens iQIYI’s strategy of creating refined products. “By introducing quality resources, the online projects produced by iQIYI will break through the current ceiling, where efforts are made alone on a small scale, and the industry will gain more confidence in its market development,” he said.