Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cinemanila 2010: Hope for a Red Eagle sequel

The 12th annual Cinemanila International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday, with Wisit Sasanatieng's The Red Eagle among the line-up.

Insee Dang himself, Ananda Everingham, was in attendance, and did a Q&A after the screening. According to Twitter, he said:

"If Wisit makes nice with Five Star, then the sequel will film in 2011." He also shared that Sahamongkol is interested in sequel.

So maybe there will be The Red Eagle: War of the Deadly Psychobots. I guess I still have a slim hope.

Ananda also took time out to talk to the press, talking about Filipino films and the possibility of his planned collaboration with Adolf Alex Jr. on a Spratlys Islands drama, Kalayaan.

Cinemanila opened this year with the Taiwanese comedy Pinoy Sunday and closed with John Sayles' Philippine-American war movie Amigo – two foreign films featuring Filipino actors and telling Filipino stories.

Suffering budget problems, the festival ran just five days this year, and come together at the last minute, according to Film Business Asia.

At the opening ceremony, the festival's founding director, Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz, stated that "Cinemanila is like Philippine cinema, always in crisis mode, always in trouble, but somehow, someway, always pulling through".

Screening fees are blamed for being the biggest drain on the budget. Read the Film Business Asia article for more on that.

(Photo via Hammered Thor)

1 comment:

  1. It was really good news to have a legendary Thai character, who's reputation in Thailand is somewhat on the same level as the Philippines' Darna, introduced to a Filipino audience, and Mr. Ananda there too. It is most certainly a 'huge' kind of hope that there's the possibility that the Red Eagle will rise again, no matter who the producer of the sequel would be. I think that Wisit sincerely wants to direct a Red Eagle sequel, as long as he would get someone who would agree for him to direct it his way.

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