Pinoy films get Indian reboot

Richmond Mercurio - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — ABS-CBN’s film produc­tion and distribution unit has forged a deal with India’s Global One Studios for the adaptation of five of its box office hits.

ABS-CBN said the deal marks the first time for Filipino movies to be adapted in India, where its multi-billion-dollar cinema market produces about 800 films and sells about four billion tickets.

“This will be the first time that five Filipino films will be remade in India and we are excited to join hands with ABS-CBN to showcase their relationship stories with the same intense and emotions through our films,” Global One Studios president Ramesh Krishnamoorthy said.

ABS-CBN said the multi-ad­aptation deal is in line with the company’s pursuit to expand globally by bringing its content across different continents and platforms.

“We are thrilled to have our movies adapted for the Indian market. It is a welcome op­portunity for ABS-CBN Films to share our well-loved and heartfelt Philippine stories and become a source of inspiration for global audiences,” ABS-CBN Films managing director Olivia Lamasan said.

“The Philippines and India share many common values, among which is the strong love for family, that resonate in our films and will soon be experienced by the people of India,” she said.

As part of the deal, Global One Studios is set to produce the remake of top-grossing films “Barcelona: A Love Un­told,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Crazy Beautiful You,” “She’s Dating The Gangster,” and “The Hows Of Us,” which was the highest-grossing film in the country in 2018.

“We are happy to be associ­ated with ABS-CBN Films to bring their well-crafted love stories to the people of India by adapting their heartrend­ing films in Indian languages. Family bonding and cultural values are common to both Philippines and India, which are captured seamlessly in their films,” Krishnamoorthy said.

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