Paramount+ has announced the acquisition of a new original film, Love in Taipei.
Love in Taipei is based on Loveboat, Taipei, the New York Times best-selling first novel in Abigail Hing Wen’s “Loveboat, Taipei” young adult romance series. In the novel, a young American woman is sent by her parents to a cultural immersion program in Taipei — inspired by an actual program attended by thousands of Chinese and Taiwanese diaspora youth — where she begins a new journey of self-discovery and romance.
Ashley Liao (The Hunger Games: The Battle of Songbirds and Snakes, Physical, Fuller House, Fresh Off The Boat) stars in Love in Taipei as Ever Wong, whose summer takes an unexpected turn when her parents surprise her with a trip to Taipei for a cultural immersion program. Ever is surprised to discover that she hasn’t signed up for homework and history lessons, but instead for a summer-long free-for-all the locals and other students call “Loveboat.” It quickly lives up to its name when Ever finds herself trying not to fall for two attractive but wildly different boys who are vying for her attention, while at the same time finding the courage to defy her parents’ high expectations and pursue her true passion: dancing.
Costars include Ross Butler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods, “To All The Boys” franchise) as Rick Woo, an infamous sports and scholastic prodigy; Nico Hiraga (Booksmart, Moxie) as Xavier Yeh, a free-spirited artist and heir to an international tech empire; Chelsea Zhang (Daybreak, Titans) as Ever’s friend, Sophie, whom she meets at Loveboat; and Cindy Cheung (The Sinner, 13 Reasons Why) as Ever’s Aunt Shu.
Love in Taipei will premiere this summer exclusively on Paramount+ in the US and Canada, and will also screen on the service in the UK, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and South Korea. Paramount Global Content Distribution will distribute the film, with additional territories to be announced.
Shot on location in Taipei, the film is directed by Arvin Chen (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?) and produced by Matt Kaplan for Ace Entertainment. Abigail Hing Wen serves as executive producer, with the screenplay by Charlie Oh and Mackenzie Dohr. Christopher Foss, Matthew Janzen, Max Siemers, Aubrey Bendix, Cheng-Chung Chang and Ross Butler also serve as executive producers. The production was headed by Ace Entertainment, which purchased the film rights to the novel, financed and oversaw production with 1 Productions Film. Lionsgate handled the film’s sale globally to Paramount+.
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