Every Christmas, the Monteverdes are always in the thick ofpreparations for the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. This year, incelebration of Regal's 48th anniversarycelebration, the film outfit offered two installments of its past franchises: Desperadas 2 starring Ruffa Gutierrez,Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, Marian Rivera and Ogie Alcasid as well as Shake, Rattle & Roll X. Thethree-part horror film stars Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, JC de Vera, RoxanneGuinoo, Mylene Dizon, Wendell Ramos, and Marian Rivera, among others.
"It has been an exciting year for Regal and I am happy that we are able tocome up with different kinds of films that were steadily supported by theaudience," said matriarch Mother Lily Moteverde (who remains a consultant of Regal after formally turning overmanagement of Regal Films to daughter Roselle Monteverde-Teo).
"We look forward to producing more films in 2009,"says Roselle, who now heads Regal Entertainment, "and I'm excited to seeinto fruitition our Regal digital film series."
The new head explains that she set up Regal Digital as a wayof supporting new filmmakers who can pitch their scripts for a possibleproduction deal. A creative team will evaluate the proposals and the chosenprojects will be allocated P1 million each.
The scripts will be categorized in three genres: horror,love story and youth-oriented films. Regal plans to produce 10 major films in2009, and there are also plans to subsidize 10 digital movies.
Pre-production is already being done for the RichardGutierrez-KC Concepcion Valentine film, which is a co-production with GMAFilms. Script development is also underway for the Judy Ann Santos-RyanAgoncillo film. There are also two projects earmarked for Regal contract starsMarian Rivera and Dennis Trillo.