Coco Martin had a banner year in 2016. His primetime series “Ang Probinsyano” dominated television and his film with Vice Ganda, “The Super Parental Guardians” (TSPG), became the country’s highest-grossing film. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find him resting on his laurels now.
The actor still has a lot of plans this year. It includes solo-directing his first ever film, which he hopes will be included in the next edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
In an interview with ABS-CBN News at a thanksgiving party held for the success of TSPG Tuesday, Martin said he was inspired by some of the Filipino greats such as Mike de Leon and Lino Brocka, stalwarts of the country’s golden age of cinema back in the 1970s.
He prefers to keep mum about the project for now, but he said he is looking to secure the cast he has in mind as soon as possible. He added that he will also serve as the film’s producer.
“Siyempre kung mayroon magtitiwala sa sarili ko at sa aking kakayanan, siguro ako na iyong unang-unang magbibigay ng oportunidad para magkaroon ako ng pagkakataaon upang maipakita ko iyong aking talento na hindi ko pa naipapakita sa ating mga tao,” he said.
And before one thinks he lacks experience to start sitting behind the camera, Martin said that he has directed a lot of indie features in the past but was too embarrassed to have his name included in the credits. “That time kasi ayaw kong pinapalagay iyong pangalan ko kasi nahihiya ako,” he admitted.
Meanwhile, in the said thanksgiving party, it was announced that “The Super Parental Guardians” has earned P598 million as of Tuesday.