Erik Matti Sets Prequel to Political Thriller ‘On The Job’

Erik Matti, one of many Philippines’ most celebrated filmmakers, is ready to direct a prequel to “On The Job: The Lacking 8,” his critically acclaimed political crime thriller franchise.

Reteaming Matti and screenwriter Michiko Yamamoto, the untitled pic will mark the third movie within the “On The Job” trilogy which kicked off at Cannes’ Administrators’ Fortnight in 2013, and traveled worldwide.

“On The Job” was impressed by a real-life scandal wherein jail inmates have been quickly launched from jail to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high-ranking navy officers.

The prequel, which Matti and Ronald Monteverde are producing beneath their Manila based mostly Actuality MM Studios banner, is ready in opposition to the turbulent backdrop of the island of Mindanao the place Pedring Eusebio, the corrupt Mayor of a fictional metropolis referred to as La Paz, rises to energy. Eusebio, who began out within the insurgent paramilitary group New Individuals’s Military, has develop into essentially the most influential politician and feared man in La Paz.

Filipino actor Jericho Rosales has been forged as Pedring Eusebio, and Ryan Agoncillo as Rene Pacheco, a high-ranking navy official who makes his means into politics. Additional forged will likely be introduced at a later stage.

Principal pictures is ready to start within the third quarter of 2023 in Philippines, with Matti’s common cinematographer Dino Piacino lensing.  The movie will boast a soundtrack, in accordance with the manufacturing.

“I really like Nineteen Seventies Hollywood crime movies, or French Jean-Pierre Melville-type cop corruption motion pictures which are not being made, though these are movies that audiences nonetheless get pleasure from,” mentioned Matti.

“The prequel to ‘On The Job” and “On The Job: The lacking 8″ gives one other alternative to carry a recent, new Filipino crime story with worldwide enchantment to the world,” Matti continued.

The second movie within the trilogy, “On The Job: The Lacking 8” represents Philippines within the Oscar race. The film performed at Venice and received John Arcilla the Volpi Cup within the Horizons part.

A number one determine within the Manila movie business, Matti has directed almost 20 options within the Philippines, spanning household dramas comparable to “Mano Po 2: My House,” to the superhero comedy “Gagamboy,” supernatural motion journey movie “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles,” and a number of other commercially profitable horror movies comparable to “Seklusyon” and “Kuwaresama.”