Chinese remake of Chosen to stream on iQiyi, Netflix

Chinese streaming platform iQiyi is launching its remake of US TV action drama Chosen this weekend. Netflix has rights for the rest of the world and will roll it out across international territories later this year.

Co-produced by iQiyi and Sony Pictures Television, the three-part drama will stream on iQiyi’s platform in mainland China and Taiwan from January 7.

Starring Taiwanese actor Lan Cheng-lung and Chinese actress Deng Jiajia, Chosen tells the story of a family working and vacationing in Australia, who get mixed up in a deadly game with a mysterious killer. The project was filmed in Sydney and other locations in Australia.

Speaking at a press launch in Beijing today, iQiyi senior vice president Yang Xianghua said all three parts of Chosen will be made available to viewers simultaneously on iQiyi and later on Netflix, in a break from industry norms.

“This is a clear demonstration of confidence by iQiyi and its partners in the show’s quality and their strength in promoting original online films overseas,” Yang said.

“We hope our new business model and innovation in distribution will lead to more cooperation with other global partners in the future and enable more premium content to be seen worldwide.”

Netflix has also acquired iQiyi series Tientsin Mystic and Burning Ice. See full story here: Netflix acquires Chinese series from iQiyi, Youku.