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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 27, 2018

James Reid Assured That Cignal TV, Epik Studios & Viva Entertainment Will Make His Film Version Of 'Pedro Penduko' The Biggest & Most Spectacular Ever

JAMES REID is so excited with his new project, the latest reboot of “Pedro Penduko” which will be a partnership between Epik Studios, Viva Entertainment and Cignal TV to create more than fifty extraordinary comic book characters in making the full length film close to the heart of those who love Philippine folklore.

Pedro Penduko, the Filipino comic book character created by National Artist for Literature Francisco V. Coching, now comes to life even more magically with the latest in CGI technology.

“I’m thrilled to play the role of Pedro Penduko, an ordinary Filipino who is out to fight the forces of evil with the help of an enchanted amulet,” says James. “I know other actors have played the role before like Efren Reyes, Ramon Zamora, Janno Gibbs and Matt Evans. They’re quite a tough act to follow so I promise to do my best as Pedro Penduko para naman hindi ako mapahiya sa predecessors ko. I will be the Millennial Pedro Penduko.”

The movie is scheduled to be shown in theaters in the fourth quarter of 2018. “I am now deep into preparations for the challenging role”, adds James. “I am currently undergoing martial arts training for the rigorous scenes in the film as I want to do my own fight scenes and stunts without a double. Today’s Pedro will undergo a modern twist that redefines and makes superheroes more relevant and vital for the current generation.”

For its part, Cignal TV is bringing “Pedro Penduko” and all these other thrilling characters to life thru films and series, and distributing them through different platforms (DTH, IPTV, OTT, etc.). The partnership goes beyond video entertainment as it ventures into merchandising and gaming. There is more in the pipeline as Epik Studios plans to retell the stories of more folk heroes such as Bernardo Carpio, Maria Makiling and the like. These will all be told with a refreshing and new perspective from the eyes of young graphic novelists and animators for today’s millennial audiences.