Can pretend love lead to true love?
This is what the characters of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo will find out in the romantic movie She's Dating the Gangster.
SDTG is based on the young adult novel with the same title published by Summit Books.
The movie is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina with a screenplay from Carmi Raymundo.
She's Dating the Gangster tells the heart-wrenching tale of 17-year-old Athena Dizon who pretends to be the girlfriend of campus bad boy Kenji delos Reyes who wants to make his ex jealous.
Aside from Kathniel, the film also features the "special participation" of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.
Other cast members include Khalil Ramos, Igi Boy Flores, Marco Gumabao, Pamu Pamorada, Alexander Diaz, John Uy and Yana Asistio.
This Star Cinema movie is slated to open on #SevenOneSixOneFour or July 16, 2014.
Before the movie opens in cinemas, here are 5 things you need to know about She's Dating the Gangster:
1. The tragic-romantic fan-fiction story originated online.
Psychology graduate Bianca Bernardino started writing She's Dating the Gangster in late 2005 until January 2006.
She originally posted it on www.candymag.com in April 2006. The story was published on social publishing site Wattpad, after which it was released by Summit Books in March 2013. The following April, it shot to the top of National Book Store’s Philippine bestseller list.
She's Dating the Gangster is now on its 7th reprint and Summit Books has already printed 115,000 copies.
Trivia: Bianca Bernardino thought Summit Books Managing Editor Mavreen Yapchiongco was playing a prank on her when she contacted her!
2. There is a movie tie-in available.
In anticipation of the release of the movie, Summit Books has released a special version of She's Dating the Gangster featuring Kathniel on the cover. There are 40,000 copies of these printed.
It features the original edited version from candymag.com's Teen Talk forum.
The film tie-in cover is an ever-growing trend in publishing, especially for Hollywood productions.
Trivia: The movie tie-in edition is in Taglish and contains pin-ups of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla!
3. There is a gangster checklist.
In the prologue of the book, there is a note from Athena listing the qualities that make her say that Kenji is a gangster.
To quote: He's not into a gang nor is he a criminal. I just mean that he's your typical bad boy:
-- he's irritating
-- he's loud
-- he smokes and drinks
-- he goes clubbing on weekdays
-- he gets into fights
It remains to be seen if Daniel's Kenji will display all these characteristics.
From Instagram account of Star Cinema
Here's a look of Kathryn as Athena:
From Instagram account of Star Cinema
4. The writer originally envisioned Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson as Athena and Kenji.
In a previous interview, Bianca Bernardino recalled that Kimerald was the popular loveteam back then while she was writing the story.
She initially thought Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson would be suited to portray Athena and Kenji.
"Kasi nung time ko...2006 pa itong libro na ito, e. Wala pang Kathniel noon. Naisip ko nga nung time na yun si Kim Chiu at Gerald Anderson ang bagay. Kaso Sa generation ngayon, sina Kathryn at Daniel na yung mas bagay sa karakter.”
But now, Bernardino sees why Kathryn and Daniel are a good fit for their roles:
“Kasi, si Daniel kasi medyo bad boy yung pino-portray niya sa TV. Akala natin ganun siya pero nakikita ko na medyo sweet pala siya na tao despite of being a bad boy image. Medyo ganun yung karakter nung guy sa book ko.
“Si Kathryn naman kasi medyo parang underdog na palaban, e, ganun yung girl dito sa book na kahit na anong gawin sa kanya ay hindi pa rin sya nag gi-give-up.”
(Read: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla topbill movie version of the book She’s Dating the Gangster)
5. Expect deviations from the book.
In an interview with Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina published in the July 2014 issue of YES! Magazine, she revealed that they made changes to the movie version.
"Aminado kami na maraming eksena ang hindi namin maipakita na tulad ng sa libro, at merong mga eksena na babaguhin nang konti sa ngalan ng pagpoprotekta naman sa medium ng cinema.
"With due respect naman to Summit and Miss Bianca, lahat naman 'to alam nila. So there is a mutual understanding and may permission from them, and they understood why these changes have to be done."
Direk Cathy assures fans that the modifications have been handled well.
5 Things You Need to Know About She's Dating the Gangster
by Jocelyn Dimaculangan posted on July 4, 2014