It’s been a long-time coming for the Satria Dewa franchise’s transition to the big screen, and now Variety’s Vivienne Chow has the latest on production for the first installment, Gatotkaca, which will open in 2021.
Cameras are now rolling as of August 6, after a two-month delay with strigent Covid-19 safety protocols currently put in place for cast and crew. Hanung Bramantyo is directing the project from a script by Night Bus scribe Rahabi Mandra and featuring Rizky Nazar in the title role of Yuda, “a young man with superpowers”.
The film also stars John Wick 3 actors Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman, the latter who’s been involved with the project since etching out last year’s proof-of-concept short from Juara director Charles Gozali who is no longer attached to the project.
The Satria Dewa universe series draws on Indonesian folklore ideas that can be traced back more than 700 years. But the action is set in the present-day in order to create a wider appeal, and one that goes further than Indonesia.
Gatotkaca will be the first of an eight-film line-up, with Rene Ishak and veteran Celerina Judisari producing through their Satria Dewa Studios, and with Mike Leeder associate producing.
More at Variety.