Fox Philippines is producing its first-ever Filipino film “Maledicto” and it’s financed and “definitely on radar” of mother company, 20th Century Fox studios, in Hollywood.
In an interview with Jude Turcuato, the network’s senior vice president and general manager shared what the Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Tom Rodriguez, and Miles Ocampo starrer is about.
“First, the word ‘Maledicto’ means ‘to talk badly,’” Turcuato said. “The film centers on how people get possessed, what happens during the possession, and how the demons are cast out.”
He went on: “The priest played by Tom Rodriguez is also a doctor. His sister, played by Miles Ocampo, dies from a possession but he didn’t believe it because he separates science from the supernatural. Only later after performing exorcism with a nun, played by Jasmine, is he convinced something sinister happened to his sister.”
Since the movie is made under the wings of a Hollywood studio, Turcuato said they made sure it’s worth producing. They hope to show it in other Asian countries, if not in the US, too.
“We were very particular with how it was done, the technological aspects, the scoring and the special effects,” he said.
If it proves to be successful, the network executive said there is a big chance Fox will produce another Filipino movie.
“We are aware that expectations are really high because of our sister company which is in Hollywood,” he said. “We just need to get this right.”
Other cast members of the Mark Meily-directed “Maledicto” include Franco Laurel, Nonie Buencamino, Martin Escudero, Tonton Gutierrez, Menggie Cobarrubias, and Liza Lorena.
The movie opens in local theaters this summer.
Turcuato shared how Fox Philippines came up with the idea of producing a film.
It began when he and other Asian executives went to 20th Century FOX studios owned by Fox Entertainment Group in the US.
“My job as executive of the regional version of Fox is to create a market, distribute, make channels, and entertain people based on what’s being produced in Hollywood,” he shared. “So the big boss of the company invited us and we spent about two weeks there. We met a lot of producers, directors. The main purpose was to see if we could do something similar outside Hollywood.”
Turcuato admitted they are still learning the ropes.
“There are a lot of obstacles, but the talent and creative juices, I think we have it here just as good, if not better, than there,” he said.
He revealed the big bosses in Hollywood were tentative in the beginning to produce the Filipino film since there was a crisis in Mindanao back then.
“I convinced them that most of the shorts are really in Manila. I studied everything, I attended shoots, I watched a lot of Filipino films and coordinated with Fox just to make sure making the film will push through,” he shared.
In the end, Turcuato said they aim to show the world what Filipinos are capable of in terms of artistry and filmmaking.
“It all boils down to tapping the right content, tapping the right people and everything will just fall into its proper places.”
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