Yet Another Could Have Been Done Remake: Ting Yuan Shen Shen
Aside from Shuhuan and Yiping, another couple that Jerry Yan and Barbie Xu could have played as are Peiwen and Hanye of Ting Yuan Shen Shen. The story of Ting Yuan Shen Shen as far as I've heard involves Peiwen who thought he had lost his one true love Hanye, he goes blind in the fire, he wanders around trying to look for the "ghost" who was there. A mysterious woman shows up and could it be that his beloved Hanye was still alive all that time? So just had me thinking what if Jerry Yan and Barbie Xu played the parts?
My imagination has Zhen Xiu Zhen as Peiwen's mother, Jerry Yan as Peiwen and Barbie Xu as Hanye...
I haven't completely seen Ting Yuan Shen Shen which Liu Xuehua and Qin Han were the leading roles. Looking at a few clips, Barbie Xu would be very fit to play the part of Peiwen's long lost love Hanye. Jerry Yan would be able to pull Peiwen's part. I think Jerry Yan would have been able to express the part of Peiwen's narratives so well. Watching Jerry Yan pull off many leading guy parts, he also has Qin Han's mannerisms to help out the script.
With Barbie Xu's recent marriage, here are other alternative pairings:
Yet another possible combination is Jerry Yan and Liu Yifei but they look more fit to act out "Red Dust" than "Ting Yuan Shen Shen". Then again, Liu Yifei may be able to make a good Hanye. Though appearance-wise, Jerry Yan and Liu Yifei look more like Qin Han and Brigitte Lin.
Another combination would be Jerry Yan and Esther Liu... I kind of like the idea of them as a couple even if she's 11 years younger. I feel like Esther Liu has Liu Xuehua's impact and charm... which while I think she and Liu Xuehua should try to play a mom/daughter role, she can also play as Jerry Yan's love interest.