Marian Rivera (left) and Heart Evangelista (right) wore whimsical outfits during one of their scenes for the movie Temptation Island . Photo: Noel Orsal

Roselle Monteverde was 13 years old when her mother, Mother Lily Monteverde of Regal Films, produced Temptation Island. As a young girl, Roselle was not allowed to watch the Joey Gosiengfiao sexy comedy because the film was then rated R-18.

When she grew up to head Regal Films, Roselle was finally able to watch Temptation Island but she had to travel to France to watch the cult classic.

In 2008, the Festival Paris Cinéma chose to pay tribute to Philippine cinema by screening 40 classic films as well as commercial movies. The festival included a retrospective on the late filmmaker, Joey Gosiengfiao, which is why Roselle was able to watch the movie that was first released in 1980.

In a past interview with (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Ms. Roselle recalled how foreigners reacted while watching the original Temptation Island that starred Dina Bonnevie, Azenith Briones, Jennifer Cortez, Bambi Arambulo and Deborah Sun. The actresses portrayed beauty queens who were stranded on an island without food, water, and shelter.

Ms. Roselle recalled, "They were laughing and they were saying 'crazy, this movie's crazy.' May lumapit pa nga sa mommy ko, and made a comment na, 'You must have been a crazy producer to produce this type of movie.'"

She even told Jeremy [Segay, the programmer of the film festival] 'what happened to our subtitles?'

"Kasi they did their own subtitles, e. We provided subtitles, which were very simple lang, mga one liners lang. Yung sa kanila umaabot ng half the screen. Pero funny thing is, they were all laughing," she remembers with a smile.

"Visually, the four women there, they were funny. It's overreacting in a situation, caught in a situation yun, e. Exaggeration ng emotion." 

Of course, it helped that a giant fried chicken and giant ice cream cones magically appeared in a deserted island to tempt the sexy ladies.

WHY REMAKE TEMPTATION ISLAND? For the contemporary version of Temptation Island co-produced by Regal and GMA Films, Chris Martinez directed the stars who shot key scenes in Ilocos Norte.

In the 2011 version, Marian Rivera reprises the role of a sexy crook originally portrayed by Azenith Briones.

Solenn Heusaff portrays the social climber originally played by Bambi Arambulo.

Lovi Poe is cast as a socialite originally played by Jennifer Cortez, and Heart Evangelista reprises the role of a college student, originally played by Dina Bonnevie.

Rufa Mae Quinto reprises the role of Deborah Sun, the maid of Jennifer Cortez in the original film.

What gave them the idea to remake Temptation Island?

"Matagal nang pinaguusapan iyan, e. Actually two years ago pa 'yan. Why this year? Kasi everything fell in place. Kasi sa cast pa lang apat na 'yan, kahit 'yan pa lang nandiyan na yung cast ang hirap buuin yung schedule nila."

Ms. Roselle expressed her gratitude to the managers who agreed to let their wards join this project.