Will Erik Matti be directing Darna this 2017?

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Feb 3, 2017
Anne Curtis (left and middle frame) will topbill Buy Bust, while Sarah Lahbati (right) is one of the stars of the Erik Matti film Sister Bernadette.

The horror film Seklusyon was one of the top grossers in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Based on the official ranking revealed by the MMFF Executive Committee: Seklusyon held the No. 2 spot in box-office earnings in both Metro Manila and provincial cinemas.

The official list indicated that the horror flick was second to Die Beautiful in Metro Manila, while it was second to Vince & Kath & James in provincial cinemas.

(Read: Die Beautiful, Vince & Kath & James top MMFF 2016 box office)

"Sa tagal ko sa industriya, ngayon lang ako nagka-victory party," quipped Direk Erik Matti during the celebration held recently at the Revolver Studios office in The Fort Strip.

How much did the Reality Entertainment film earn during its run?

"Above P100 million, kasama na ang extension and the Director's Cut," disclosed Dondon Monteverde, the partner of Erik Matti in managing Reality Entertainment.

After the December 25 to January 3 official run of the MMFF, the Director's Cut of Seklusyon was shown in cinemas.

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This R-16 version contained intimate scenes of lead stars Phoebe Walker and Dominic Roque that were not seen in the MMFF version rated R-13.

To date, February 3, Seklusyon is still being screened in two venues.

It will also be shown in seven to ten schools.

ON DARNA. One of the most-anticipated projects of Direk Erik is the new version of Darna.

Will he be directing the superheroine film this 2017?

"I think we’re gonna start doing it this year," Direk Erik told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

"But it’s not an easy project to pull off. Medyo madugo siya, malaki, maraming marami siyang galamay kasi hindi lang siya movie, e."

In a previous interview with PEP, Direk Erik revealed that they're planning several movies for Darna.

(Read: Erik Matti hopes Angel Locsin will end up as Darna; several movies lined up for franchise)

He also told PEP, "I’m constantly working on Darna, ever since three years ago. We constantly have meetings in ABS-CBN, and I’ve always attended all those meetings."

Dondon confirmed that they will begin working on Darna: "Puro pre-production pa lang ngayon."

Have they already chosen the actress who will bring life to the komiks character created by Mars Ravelo?

"Hinihintay pa naman ang Star Cinema kasi sila mamimili," said Dondon.

ON 2017 PLANS. What are the plans of Reality Entertainment for 2017?

We’re hoping we could do seven movies this year," disclosed Direk Erik.

"We’re launching several directors. We’ve been finalizing some of the projects that we’re working on. Not my projects, but projects of our other directors."

One upcoming movie is another horror movie titled Sister Bernadette. Directed by Katski Flores, it will star Sarah Lahbati, among others.

ANNE CURTIS IN BUY BUST. As early as July 2016, Anne Curtis trained with Scout Rangers in preparation for her first action movie titled Buy Bust.

The now-engaged actress will have former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Brandon Vera as her partner in the police force.

According to Dondon, Anne will start shooting Buy Bust this March.

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For the past few months, the ABS-CBN actress has been studying how to handle knives and guns. She also took up the Filipino martial art Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.

@annecurtissmith back to training #buybust #afterkali #ptk ????????????????

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MMFF 2017. As early as now, Direk Erik is already planning his entry to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival.

What kind of movie will he submit to MMFF 2017?

"We’re looking at probably a kiddie movie," said Direk Erik, before erupting in laughter.

He added seriously, "Hindi ako nagloloko. Totoo! We’ve always wanted to do movies that cannot be second-guessed. That people cannot...‘Ay 'yan na naman gagawin niyan, ah gagawa na naman ng rom-com 'yan, rom-com na naman, rom-com ulit!'

"Because it’s kinda predictable, it’s kinda boring, di ba? So, the past three to four years, we’ve been doing really very different films for Reality.

"I can’t remember who challenged me na, ‘Uy, hindi ba kayo gagawa ng pambata?’ Sabi ko, 'Sure, sige, gagawa kami ng pambata.' Anton Santamaria is writing it now."

Anton is the writer behind Seklusyon, which won Best Screenplay in MMFF 2016.

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Anne Curtis (left and middle frame) will topbill Buy Bust, while Sarah Lahbati (right) is one of the stars of the Erik Matti film Sister Bernadette.
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