The Ghost Bride is an adaptation of a New York Times bestseller of the same name created by Yangsze Choo. Set in 180s Colonial Malacca, Li Lan has been offered a marriage proposal from the wealthy Lim Family to become the “ghost bride” to their recently deceased son. The six-episode drama is directed by award-winning Malaysian directors Quek Shio-Chuan (Guang) and Ho Yu-Hang, written by an international team of screenwriters led by American-Taiwanese TV writer Kai Yu Wu (Hannibal, The Flash), and stars Wu Kang Ren, Huang Peijia, Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) and Tian Tze Kuang.
Recently, Dashran got the chance to sit with The Ghost Bride directors and showrunner, Zainir Aminullah to have a short discussion on the series.
In the video we discuss:
- What exactly is the role of a showrunner in a series like this? (The showrunner did not pen the script nor direct an episode.)
- The vision and direction for the show.
- The directors have different styles and are from different generations. How did their styles complement each other? (Who directed the “real world” stuff and who helmed the more “fantasy” elements?)
- What are they like on set?
- Changes made when adapting the book to the series? (Non-spoiler, don’t worry.)
- What did the directors learn from each other?
The Ghost Bride drops on Netflix today, 23 January 2020.