Nilalang director Pedring Lopez made a killing earlier this year with the local and subsequent global release of his Spring female-fronted thriller, Maria. That film is now slated for a sequel that is expected to roll cameras early next year, while the noted horror and action director has since planted one other seed in Blue Fox Entertainment title, Escape.
Penned by Lopez and screenwriter Scott Rosenfelt (The Jade Pendant) from a story by Michael A. McDermott, Escape centers on John Craig, a former black ops soldier with a penchant for going beyond the law. When the mother of a young teenage son falsely imprisoned in Manila summons him to the job of extracting him, Craig and his team plan the ultimate escape – one from both the rising tensions in Manila, and the demons of John’s past.
Lopez, who signaled fans on Instagram on Thursday, teased the project in a previous interview back in September with Mike Y Sus Chinos, also hinting the film would be set in the 80s. The director is also in tow with projects that have the involvement of Viva Entertainment, as well as pan-Asian streamer iflix as of this past Spring at HK FilMart.
Maria, Lopez’s fifth feature film to date, accrued largely positive reviews stemming from its theatrical release in the Philippines. Netflix acquired the rights and released the film worldwide outside the Philippines on May 17 prior to the film earning a number four spot in a top-ten list of Non-English langauge titles for that month.
Requests for comment were made to Lopez prior to reporting.
More to come…