If you're a fan of zombie movies, this is definitely for you!
Earlier today, August 8, Star Cinema held a Story Conference for its upcoming zombie film (YES, you read that right!) titled "Block Z" starring Joshua Garcia, Julia Barretto, Maris Racal, Markus Paterson, and Ian Veneracion.
In an interview right after the story con, Direk Mikhail Red revealed interesting details to look forward to in the film.
"Basically, zombie outbreak na set sa isang university. Maraming young characters, millennial cast, and family movie rin siya. Meron kaming family angle," the millennial director shared.
Even if it's a new genre in Philippine cinemas, Direk Mik is still excited because, "it's the first full-scale zombie movie na locally produced."
"Exciting na nag-partner 'yung Star Cinema with us, to make this film, and at the same time challenging kasi wala kaming base line for this. I hope magustuhan ng mga tao and ma-diversify 'yung genre cinema sa bansa," he added.
The cast shared the same sentiments with Direk Mik.
"I'm really excited to work with Direk kasi first time namin and kami ni Julia matagal na kami magkatarabaho, very comfortable na kami with each other," Ian said. "Tapos 'yun nga, 'yung father-daughter relationship, matagal na namin na-establish 'yun sa 'A Love To Last.'"
"Fan ako ng ganitong klaseng pelikula lalo na may mga stunts, fight scenes. It's a kind of movie na enjoy ako panoorin," the 43-year-old actor stressed.
Julia and Joshua feel ecstatic with this project, but at the same time nervous and challenged to maintain the "kilig" despite the zombie attacks.
"Josh and I are very excited because I feel like doing a film like this is what's gonna really help us grow as individuals and as actors kasi parang dito rin kami macha-challenge on how to sustain that kind of kilig in the middle of this kind of outbreak sa isang university. That's gonna be the magic of Direk Mik, kung paano mabubuo 'yung love angle.
"But more than anything, there's gonna be a father-daughter angle, relationship with friends, and of course, with the loved ones," Julia relayed.
Joshua, on the other hand, said, "Sobrang masaya ako na makakatrabaho ko na si Direk Mik. Syempre bagong genre 'to para sa'min ni Julia, bagong pelikula na matututo ka na naman. Masaya ako na blessed kami and excited akong gawin 'to kasi sobrang exciting nung story."
Maris, meanwhile, is excited to work again with JoshLia who she co-starred with in the 2016 hit Metro Manila Film Festival entry "Vince and Kath and James."
"Hindi ko masasabing super fan ako kasi matatakutin ako pero excited akong maka-work again ang JoshLia and si Direk Mik. Sobrang dream ko 'yun. Napakagandang story and script. Excited ako sa part na mag-a-action kami. Kailangan maging ready physically," Maris quipped.
For Markus, it will be his first time to work with the cast and the millennial director.
"I'm just super blessed to be part of this project kasi I grew up watching zombie movies so sobrang exciting. It's also my first time working with the whole cast," he revealed.
Excited ka na ba?
Don't worry because according to Direk Mik, "We're starting to shoot next month. Marami pa kami preparations na kailangan gawin. Rehearsals sa fight scenes and stunts."
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