MANILA - The first trailer for "Pure Love," ABS-CBN's adaptation of the hit Korean TV series "49 Days," debuted on primetime Friday and instantly became a trending topic on Twitter.
The nearly 4-minute preview introduces the lead characters portrayed by Alex Gonzaga and Yen Santos, who will both top-bill a Kapamilya series for the first time.
"Pure Love" centers on optimistic bride-to-be Diane (Gonzaga), who ends up comatose after a car accident.
In her state of coma, Diane is told by the mysterious "Scheduler" (Matt Evans) that it is not yet her time to die, and that she will wake up again if she fulfills her mission -- to gather three teardrops shed out of pure love by 3 people within the next 40 days.
Diane possesses the body of Ysabel (Santos), a depressed woman whose attempt to kill herself triggered the car accident, in order to carry out her task.
She is told by the Scheduler that she can possess Ysabel -- an exception -- for a reason.
Shortly after the trailer aired, "Pure Love" and "49 Days" zoomed up as among the most talked-about topics on Twitter, with netizens expressing excitement with the return of the well-loved tale on local TV.
The original SBS series aired on ABS-CBN in 2011, the same year it premiered in South Korea. In this version, Diane (originally Ji-Hyun) had 49 days to fulfill her mission, hence its title.
"Pure Love," which will premiere in July, also stars John Arcilla, Sunshine Cruz, Arjo Atayde, Yam Concepcion, and Joseph Marco.