Not sure how many people remember last year how, practically the day after OCTB's final episode was broadcast on Youtube, the series was "taken down" permanently from the site, which sparked some outcry because many people hadn't watched the finale yet. At the time, in response to this, I remember producer/director Jones Soong mentioning that they were forced to take the series down for financial reasons (implying that due to the series' success, a media company was interested in buying the series so they had to take it down to protect that company's interests), however Jones insisted that the series will be back "very soon". At the time, there were rumors that the media company Jones referred to was actually Netflix, but it was never officially confirmed.
Well, it's confirmed now! According to the below article, OCTB officially airs on Netflix starting today (2/5/18). Jones Soong said that since removing the series from Youtube, they have spent the last 6 months in post-production, making the series better than when it originally aired. For those who are worried that anything substantial changed, Jones said not to worry, as most of the changes were to the aesthetics rather than the plot and also improving upon the visuals such as making the transitions from one scene to the next much smoother. The biggest change is in the opening theme credits, which will be in English now rather than Chinese. I don't currently subscribe to Netflix but now I'm considering doing so just so I can check out how the series will look now, lol.
Oh, and for season 2 news – Jones Soong confirmed that they have more than enough funding for season 2 (most who followed the series last year will probably remember that season 1 funding was a huge challenge and mostly involved Danny Chan, Jones Soong, Sam Lee, and few other friends pooling their life savings together in order to make the series), especially now that Netflix is involved. When asked whether they will be able to invite "big name" Asian stars to join the cast now, Jones said that they are actually looking at incorporating Hollywood stars. He said that they are currently in talks with a particular Hollywood star to join the cast – of course, as usual, he won't reveal who the person is but he did say the actor collaborated with famous wrestler-turned-actor The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) in the past (already there is speculation that the Hollywood actor they are in talks with is Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel, however that is of course rumor at this point). So until the cast is announced, let the speculations begin!!
Link to article: HK01
Link to article: HK01