Wu Zetian to get her own TV series from Game of Thrones producer

The drama will be centered on Wu Zetian, the only female empress in the history of China.

One of the GoT producers is doing a 13-episode series on former RP Wu Zetian – awesome! Well, I did always describe her life story as making GoT look like a day at the beach…

Less awesome is the article’s repeated use of the word “empress,” particularly describing her as “China’s only female empress” – no, all the empresses were female, I believe. She was China’s only female emperor – or at least, that’s how many translate the title she took. Crossing fingers the series turns out well.

(and just because I think it’s funny how these things work out – remember how I mentioned former RP Tomyris is a playable character in the newest Civilization video game? Well, Wu was a playable character in the last one. And the lead designer of that game is even a fan of RP!)

  • Jeanette Wu

    I’m very excited for this. In defense of handing over Chinese traditional narratives to Western creators, at this point in time, I don’t trust any Chinese creator to tell a woman’s story correctly. For example, there have been several adaptations of Mulan in the past several years, but almost all of them seem to emphasize her femininity, and also tend to add romance into the mix. Even the traditional narrative, created during the hotbed of chauvinism that was ancient China, emphasized her courage more than anything else, but modern adaptations turn her into a soap opera. Same with the most recent adaptation of Wu Zetian, which showed more harem maneuvering than actual Empress awesomeness. I’d like to see a famous woman’s story with greater emphasis on her strengths and achievements, than her secret yearnings for any man.

  • I can’t wait.

  • Haange

    I just discovered that they are casting a Chinese actress for Wu Zetian! They say they are casting Liu Xiaoqing, who i researched that she’s well known for playing powerful Chinese rulers like Empress Cixi and Wu Zetain, the latter she played like 5 times. So i trusted that she will act well as Wu Zetain and makes me hype when she said this:

    “The Empress went through a lot of men, but she was loyal only to one, her husband,” Liu said. “There are two elements we didn’t show in the Chinese versions; her desire for killing and for sex. She killed all her ministers who didn’t agree with her.”

    “Throughout the Empress’ story, I hope that audiences can realize that history and feminism can neither be ignored nor separated. It existed before and it will happen again,”

    Damn girl, so excited for it!