Get ready for a new generation of Jandi and F4 Boys Over Flowers!  

Meteor Garden, Taiwan's live-action adaptation of the famous Japanese manga, Hana Yori Dango, swept Asia 16 years ago with a young cast led by Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan. Vic Chou, Vanness Wu, and Ken Chu, who became instant superstars. Its success unleashed a wave of idol dramas and eventually led to South Korea adapting the manga once again in 2009 with Boys Over Flowers, starring Gu Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho. It's now 2017, and it's apparently time to remake Meteor Garden. The stunning news was even hinted at by Barbie Hsu herself.

Angie Chai, the original producer of Meteor Garden, announced on April 11 that she is leading the project to remake Meteor Garden, set to be released in 2018. 

As posted to her Weibo, Angie said: "Meteor Garden began its broadcast 16 years ago, on April 12, 2001. It was the beginning of a beautiful dream. Dear Barbie, thank you for being with me just like you did 16 years ago. Also thank you for your well wishes. Yes! Meteor Garden is getting a remake! A brand new Meteor Garden that belongs to your youth."

Earlier, Barbie Hsu posted to her Weibo with this teaser: "In a flash, Meteor Garden has been around 16 years! Shan Cai (her Jandi name in the T-drama) is now a mom with two kids. It feels really special to chat about the past with Sis Angie... She knows that I'm a truthful person, told me a secret. Let's just wait for her to tell it herself."

The stunning news is especially significant to Angie Chai herself, because Meteor Garden was her first project as a young producer, and it turned out to be an incredible success. What fans probably don't know is that Angie was once told by her boss to cut out unnecessary scenes to save on cost as he didn't expect it to be that popular. She worked hard to secure extra funding for the drama.

Each of the new episodes is budgeted at NT$15 million, which is 30 times (or 3,000 percent) of an episode in the original series. The new drama will contain 48 episodes, making the total production cost a whopping NT$720 million (about US$24 million).

In the meantime, Angie Chai reveals that the script is currently in the works and casting decisions have not been finalized. The drama is set to start filming in the second half of 2017. She says the biggest challenge is in engaging with the new generation of viewers, and she'll aim to ensure excellence in the new production.

(Photo: original cast)

The original Meteor Garden and its sequel Meteor Garden 2 were distributed around the world and helped Taiwan gain prominence as a source of popular idol dramas that were welcomed with extreme enthusiasm. In recent years, South Korea has surpassed Taiwan's lead in idol dramas, especially since the release of the wildly popular Boys Over Flowers in 2009. China is also coming up fast in producing many quality dramas. Will a new Meteor Garden usher in a new era for Taiwanese dramas?

Boys Over Flowers, starring Gu Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho, continues to reign as one of the all-time most popular Asian dramas. It is often the first drama that leads a fan into the wonders of K-drama land.


Boys Over Flowers

Starring Gu Hye Sun and Lee Min Ho (Heirs)

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Here's an update of the original cast and Vanness Wu's new drama.

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