China is remaking the Swedish ‘Real Humans’ series

The Swedish hit series Real Humans hasn’t just been remade in the United Kingdom; now it will also get a Chinese remake as well.

Titled Humans, the Chinese versions claims to be a remake of the British version, but, of course, its roots go all the way back to the Swedish series.

The original Swedish series is set in a sci-fi world where the use of androids is common, and they function as servants, workers, companions, and even prostitutes. While some people embrace the technology, others are disturbed by it, and the far-right political movement ‘real humans’ is in strong opposition to the androids as they are replacing human workers in many industries. Also in the series, some of the androids have begun to develop feelings and their own goals, so the series explores their desire for independence.

In the Chinese version, the universe will be set in 2035, where technology has infiltrated and influenced every aspect of human existence. The series aims to explore the evolving relationship between human and technology, asking what it really means to be human. The Chinese version will follow a family who purchase an android, and the consequences that come with it. It will keep the same narrative as the British version.

The Chinese version Humans stars Ray Ma and Stephy Qi, and has involvement from the Swedish and British producers of their respective series. Endemol Shine China are producing the Chinese version and Chinese and British writers will work on the script in a collaborative effort.

Humans is currently filming in Shanghai.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.