Boys Over Flowers Creator Kamio Denies Rumors of Live-Action Series Remake
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Boys Over Flowers manga creator Yoko Kamio denied rumors that TBS is developing a new live-action series adaptation of Boys Over Flowers last Friday.
In a Twitter post, Kamio commented, "I believe that authors shouldn't respond to false rumors like this, which is why I hadn't talked about it. But a lot of people have been asking me, and it's even trending, and so many people have been asking me to stop the rumors. It's been hard not to comment on it, so I'll leave only one comment: There will be no remake of Boys Over Flowers. It's a mystery to me how this story got started."
The rumor began circulating on news websites such as Livedoor and Daily Cyzo last Thursday, with a supposed quote from TBS staff that it was developing a remake of the 2005 live-action television series. According to the rumors, the series was slated to premiere in April, with Suzu Hirose in the lead role.
The original Boys Over Flowers manga followed 16-year old Tsukushi Makino, a bright girl from a middle-class family who gets accepted into the ultra elite Eitoku Academy. She finds herself on the bad side of the school's F4, the four most elite male members at the school. The manga has more than 64 million copies in print.
The manga has already been adapted into Japanese anime, a 1995 Japanese live-action film, and a more well-known 2005 Japanese television drama, the latter of which spawned a sequel and a hit film. Taiwan also remade the manga into a live-action university drama titled Meteor Garden. Crunchyroll streamed a Korean live-action adaptation in 2011. Viz Media released the manga and anime versions in North America.
Since Boys Over Flowers ended in 2004, Kamio drew two side stories in 2006 and 2007. Kamio debuted the Boys Over Flowers Season 2 manga in Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ digital magazine in February 2015 and the series is ongoing. The series is titled Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season (Flowers, Then Sunny Skies ~Boys Over Flowers~ Next Season) in Japan. The story is set at Eitoku Academy two years after the legendary F4 group graduated, and follows the next generation of characters.
Viz Media is publishing the sequel manga in English as a free simultaneous digital release.
A stage musical adaptation ran in Japan from January to February 2016.
[Via Hachima Kikō]