Friday, August 16, 2013

John Lloyd to do 'pyramid scam' film, says Erik Matti

MANILA -- After his acclaimed crime thriller, "On The Job," film director Erik Matti is set to work with box office king John Lloyd Cruz for a movie that tackles pyramid scams. Matti made the revelation in an interview on the ANC program "Headstart" on Friday. "My next project is [about] pyramid scam. I think there's... I don't know [if] I could say it. It's a husband and wife story, the wife is the victim," he said of his next project with ABS-CBN's movie arm, Star Cinema. "I'm working with John Lloyd Cruz on this one," he added. Cruz's last movie project is "It Takes a Man and a Woman," the third in his series of films with singer Sarah Geronimo. The movie, which had an extended run early this year, is now the second highest-grossing Filipino film of all time with around P375 million in ticket sales. Matti's "On the Job" bagged the Jury's Choice prize at the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Fest held recently in South Korea. Its lead star, Joel Torre, was named Best Actor. While the Philippines has a long way to go when it comes to big action movies, Matti said the country is "rich" when it comes to story materials for films. "We can't afford all those big action movies like what Hollywood does. But our crime stories in the Philippines are just rich, and I think picking up from there is good [for movies]," he said. As he gears up for his project with Cruz, Matti said he is happy to be working with Star Cinema once again. "I'm happy with what we are doing. No one bankrolled 'OTJ' except for Star Cinema," he said.

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