A sequel to the smash hit mainland Chinese television drama, Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步惊心>, also known as Scarlet Heart, has been in the works since the time-traveling drama ended its original broadcast in September 2011.
Last year, the drama’s production studio, Chinese Entertainment Shanghai, confirmed that a sequel is definitely in the making. However, rather than making a direct sequel that follows the events of the former, Bu Bu Jing Xin 2 will be a “reboot” of the main characters in an new story line.
Renamed as Bu Bu Jing Qing <步步惊情>, the modern drama will follow the life story of white-collar worker Zhang Xiao. Zhang Xiao was also the name of the main protagonist in Bu Bu Jing Xin, before she traveled back in time to become the royal Ma’ertai Ruoxi.
Other than the name itself to link the two productions together as one franchise, the plot in Bu Bu Jing Qing will not follow events that occurred in the final episode of Bu Bu Jing Xin.
Chinese Entertainment Shanghai disclosed that if all comes according to plan, the drama should be able to begin principal photography after Lunar New Year.
Cecilia Liu (刘诗诗) is confirmed to reprise her role as Zhang Xiao. Original cast member, Nicky Wu (吳奇隆), confirmed his starring appearance as well, disclosing that he has already received Bu Bu Jing Qing’s script. Kevin Cheng’s (鄭嘉穎) return, however, is still unconfirmed. However, the actor is “locked down” to star. Regarding his comeback for filming Bu Bu Jing Qing, Kevin wrote on Weibo, “I want to [film it]. There is definitely a chance to.”
Bu Bu Jing Qing will center on the kind and intelligent Zhang Xiao, a white-collar worker. By chance, Zhang is hired to work at one of mainland China’s largest companies, the Zhentian Internet Group, in Shanghai.
Like most young newcomers in the business circle, Zhang is ostracized by her colleagues, who are jealous of Zhang’s talent. Fortunately, Zhang’s boss Yin Zheng, impressed with Zhang’s natural ability in business, protects her from harm’s way. Zhang and Yin develop a mutual attraction.
Zhang and Yin’s relationship are tested in the waters when she meets the high executive, Kang Sihan. Both Yin and Kang are the possible successors of the Zhentian Group, and Zhang finds herself in the midst of a power struggle in the family business.