Ricky Lee plans to do movie with Lav Diaz about agrarian unrest

by James Patrick Anarcon
Aug 28, 2017
Ricky Lee (right) reveals that he is writing a script for a Lav Diaz movie. It will be an adaptation of his Palanca-winning short story Servando Magdamag.

Ricky Lee will be writing the script of a new movie to be helmed by internationally-acclaimed director Lav Diaz.

The film will be an adaptation of Ricky's short story titled Servando Magdamag.

The short story about a clan of hacienderos won First Place in the 1970 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the award-winning scriptwriter said he and Lav have been planning to do the film adaptation of the short story for a long time.

Ricky disclosed, "Noong nag-workshop sa akin si Lav Diaz, bagong labas sa college, yun ang sinabi niyang gusto niyang gawin.

"And ever since, hindi na niya nakalimutan, lagi niyang binabanggit. Ang kulit kulit, laging binabanggit, and so gawin ko na nga!"

The short story depicts agrarian unrest before Martial Law.

"Isang angkan ng mga haciendero. Nang mamatay ang lolo, nagki-keep vigil yung mga apo niya, throughout the night sa pagkamatay ng lolo.

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"Si Servando yung apo na nagki-keep vigil throughout the night as if keeping vigil also sa isang bansa the whole night."

However, Ricky has yet to start writing the script.

He said with a laugh, "Matagal na gusto niyang gawin, e. Sequence treatment, meron na. Pero gagawin ko na, paninidigan ko nang gawin na!"

Meanwhile, in a separate interview with PEP and its print affiliate YES! Magazine, Ricky said that he trusts Lav when it comes to making the film version of his work.

He pointed out, "Okay sa akin yung adaptation kasi one, ako magsusulat ng script.

"Ikalawa, I trust Lav. Sabi ko, pagkatapos ko [magsulat], do it your way, follow your vision as a director.

"Kasi paano yung trabaho pag ininsist ko na vision ko lang? I should trust the director sa adaptation."

As early as 2014, Ricky revealed in an interview with Manila Standard that Lav has been asking Ricky about writing the script of Servando Magdamag.

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Ricky also hinted that he will write another movie for Lav after they are finished doing Servando Magdamag.

Lav is planning to do a film with Charo Santos-Concio to be shot in Singapore.

NEW BOOK. Ricky recently launched his new book titled Kung Alam N'yo Lang.

A book-signing event, which was held at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, was attended by some of Ricky's friends and loyal readers.

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Ricky--who is called Sir Ricky by his students in his scriptwriting workshop--posed for a photo with celebrity workshopper Miles Ocampo.

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National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera also showed support for his long-time friend Ricky.

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Ricky Lee (right) reveals that he is writing a script for a Lav Diaz movie. It will be an adaptation of his Palanca-winning short story Servando Magdamag.
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