Coco Martin faced the biggest challenge of his career when he decided to direct the newest version of iconic character “Panday,” popularized by Fernando Poe Jr., the King of Philippine movies.
The movie is a joint venture of Star Cinema, Viva Films and Coco’s CCM Productions, and is one of the much-awaited entries in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
This is Coco’s baptism of fire in movie directing. His previous experience is only as creative consultant for the top-rating series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsiyano.”
Judging by the trailer of Ang Panday posted on social media, Coco seems to have made a fairly decent and impressive movie. For one, Coco certainly made an effort to create a good story for Flavio—the main character which was created by Carlo Caparas and was immortalized onscreen by FPJ, then Bong Revilla, and Richard Gutierrez .
As an actor and a debuting director, he believes that a good story is the best framework of a good movie. Coco made sure to be on top of the Panday project—from conceptualization to the development of the story to ensure that it will appeal to people of all ages.
“I don’t want the people to say that I scrimped on the budget. I want them to see kung saan napunta ang pera. Whatever that needs to be spent to make a good movie, I bankrolled it. They will see where the money went when they watch Ang Panday,” said the actor-director when asked of the production cost.
Rumor has it that Coco spent P100 million for ‘Ang Panday.’ As such, many are predicting that Ang Panday will be the top-grosser in the festival.