source: news on cc 3/28/2013 and oriental daily
Steven Ma is still the 'favorite general' of Catherine Tsang, TVB Director of drama productions. It has been confirmed that he will return to maternal home although the official contract has not been signed yet. But Steven admitted that Catherine has personally discussed the contract with him, and that Producer Leung Choi Yuen has already even arranged for him to try out his costumes.
Apparently, during his one absence from TVB, Catherine had constantly urged him to return to tvb to shoot a series but because he was shooting some mainland series, he had to declined two production schedules. However, Producer Leung Choi Yuen has confirmed to get Steven to shoot a 30 episode tvb series, 《守業者》 in May. He also revealed that in the beginning it was a modern series. Steven and Bobby Au Yeung would play two brothers. But because of Bobby's earlier acute pneumonia, and because he still hasn't finished shooting his series, 《情逆三世緣》 and because he wants to rest so he has rejected the series. So now he has the series rewritten, and has it time period changed to a pre-modern drama. He has recruited Evergreen Mak to replace Bobby. The female lead is Tavia Yeung. There will be some on location film in Foshan and Qing Yuan.
So, is Steven's contract all finalised?
Dak ge la! (Should be fine!) 預晒佢 (count him in) He has to try out the costumes. We have already arranged for him to have his measurement taken, and try out some makeovers.
Earlier on, Steven Ma parted on bad terms with TVB Artist Management Department and had requested to be released from his contract. Yesterday, this reporter called up Steven on the phone, when asked about it he said: "Huh! Wait until my contract has been finalized la!"
(Catherine Tsang personally discussed the contract with you?")
" Yes! Since I left the company last year, she had wanted me to return to the shoot a series. Tsang Jie is my sifu. She even handles the contract matter for me."
(Earlier on, it can be said that he parted on bad terms with TVB Artist Management. This time did he communicate with Virginia Lok?)
Don't say parted on bad terms, we are all adults. I don't know who is in charge of the contract negotiation now in the company
If later happen to encounter Ms. Lok, will it be awkward?
No problem la!I'm only an actor. In the past, I was under management contract but now I'm not, so don't care about other stuff.
TN: Why can't Steven be on a more hip series drama -- like lawyer, or doctor or police, not always this kind of supposedly warm family dramas, and a pre-modern drama at that. Just the title of the series already sounds so unexciting. And what about that coincidental bad luck that Bobby Au Yeung should meet with a freak health incident that made him withdraw from the series?
tn: I think reporters take pleasure in taking unflatteringly picture to accompany their articles.
Haiz, read a just off the press article, guess it is confirmed 90% that Steven will shoot the series. Between the 'gam yan' gratitude debt to Catherine Tsang and Uncle Leung, Steven will find it hard (looking ungrateful) to decline the offer to shoot the series. He's done for. Well, good luck to him cos' it looks like he truly needs it.
Like how earlier, Bobby Au Yeung was supposed to be in the cast but because of his near death accident, he has rejected the series. Talk about freak coincidental timing. And so the previous script is all changed to this present pre-modern script, and now lucky Evergreen Mak takes over Bobby's role. Uncle Choi said that though Steven has not signed the contract, he has already counted him in. Uncle Choi truly loves Steven. I like Uncle Choi cos' I think he truly loves Steven like his own son and I hope together with Steven and Evergreen they can shoot a blockbuster series.