Almost paradise, GMA. Almost.
Instead of excitement and major nostalgic feelings, the online Filipino community are expressing disapproval over GMA’s Filipino remake of the widely successful Korean drama “Boys Over Flowers”.
The local television network behind the Pinoy reboot of My Love From The Star and oppa-inspired My Korean Jagiya signed a co-production deal with JU Entertainment Movie and Drama Inc. on Thursday, November 9 to produce the widely successful television series that catapulted its lead actor Lee Min Ho to Hallyu royalty.
The reaction on Twitter, however, was not so majestic. In fact, it is in stark contrast to an earlier announcement of rival network ABS-CBN that it has already acquired the rights to air the new Meteor Garden – the predecessor of Boys Over Flowers – currently under development in Taiwan.
Many netizens worried that the well-loved series from Korea would not live up to expectations, citing quality and viewership issues of the network’s past reboots.
Here are some of the reactions we’ve seen on Twitter:
"Boys Over Flowers Pinoy Remake in GMA"
— k. (@imangelaguilar) November 9, 2017
It’ll most likely be over all dead bodies of hardcore Boys Over Flower fans. Good luck keeping count.
Boys over Flowers filipino version sa GMA7
— Wachamakulit (@iamlaconcepcion) November 9, 2017
Even the Pitch Perfect’s lead Treblemaker Bumper Allen had his vocal cords affected over the news that he could only make face.
BOYS OVER FLOWERS Remake luh
di na ba sila natuto sa
My Love From the Star Remake pic.twitter.com/Ajrux0L1bE
— Henribechnæsheim🍑 (@mundibechnaes) November 9, 2017
We’re a bit exhausted from all the negativity, too.
Boys Over Flowers Pinoy Version on GMA Network.
Me to Felipe Gozon: pic.twitter.com/zt8VEy0wk5
— Vincent Andrade (@GenVinceAndrade) November 10, 2017
Kalma, mga besh. Kalma.
sorry ha teh pero boys over flowers needs to be remade by ABS, I don’t trust GMA with something as iconic and revered as this manga/anime/show. It won’t be perfect either way pero at least ABS will treat it with a little more respect.
— ✨ full moon 🌕 (@teamsupers) November 10, 2017
Respectable treatment of the original show’s plot and characters will surely yield stellar viewership and massive following. Our fingers are crossed.
Boys Over Flowers sa Kdrama natu simula akong maadik sa Kdrama tapos sa GMA magkakaremake sinong gaganap?Oo kaya ng GMA yan pero ung mga gaganap talaga e.. Yung gaganap talaga..Ung Gaganap bes.
— Pol Cuayzon Palita (@impowerPOLs) November 10, 2017
Casting the attractive quartet and Jan Di will prove to be just as arduous as convincing people to watch the local remake.
I've watched Boys over flowers recently. GMA is remaking it. Who will star in it? They are really good looking guys. I only know of one GMA artist that looks really good @aldenrichards02
Wait bagay ni Meng ung girl character 😊 @mainedcm
— Weirdo ❤ (@butterCHAp23) November 10, 2017
Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza are a good pick but considering their existing stint in Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye as AlDub, viewers might find it difficult to see them in a different light.
Wag nalang iremake ang Boys over flowers kung di naman mabibigyan ng hustisya. Hustisya naman kay Lee Min Ho na nagdala ng Boys over flowers at sa F4 😊
— Dianne (@itsDianneRoxas) November 10, 2017
Rebooting iconic shows, no matter how profitable they may be, is not always a safe bet.
Sana pabonggahin talaga ng gma yung Boys Over Flowers PH! Kasi medyo disappointed ako sa mlfts 😔, pero umaasa ako na maganda kakalabasan kasi may partnership galing korea ☺️👍
— SHiiN🐾 (@takashinchii) November 10, 2017
We’re hoping, though, that the Pinoy reboot would turn out fine.
The sensational Taiwanese drama from 2001 is known to have largely influenced its TV reboots in Japan (2005) and in Korea (2009).
Based on the Japanese manga series Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers follows the story of a spunky school girl named Geum Jan Di who receives a scholarship grant to enter a prestigious academy after saving one of its student’s life. She would eventually capture the interest of four rich, popular and handsome guys Gu Jun Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, So Yi Jung and Song Woo Bin collectively known as Flower 4 or F4. It was aired locally in ABS-CBN back in 2010.
Photo from Drama Fever