MANILA, PHILIPPINES — ABS-CBN, one of the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment companies, announced its newest international project “The Rebirth of the Cattleya Killer” that will have an all-star cast led by award-winning actor Arjo Atayde.
Director Ruel S. Bayani, head of ABS-CBN International Production and Co-Production division, said they will be producing the series for global audiences. “The Rebirth of the Cattleya Killer” is based on the 1996 Star Cinema hit movie “In My Own Hands” (Sa Aking Mga Kamay), which is about a serial killer preying on unfaithful wives who was previously portrayed by veteran Filipino actor Aga Muhlach.
“The Rebirth of the Cattleya Killer” is one of the participants in the 2021 Full Circle Series Lab, a talent development program led by Matthieu Darras and Izabela Igel with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) after being selected alongside concepts from other countries in Southeast Asia.
Atayde, who emerged as Best Actor in the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards for his performance in the critically-acclaimed iWantTFC original series “Bagman,” will play the lead role.
“Arjo is the best choice to top bill the series because he has a proven track record of giving justice to the diverse roles he has portrayed through the years. His depth and range as an actor will definitely give a fresh take on this 1996 classic,” said Bayani.
“ABS-CBN never fails to surprise me all the time with all these characters. It’s one hell of a story. It’s one hell of a character, and it’s not normally done here. This is one of the most powerful stories that they are going to remake. I am proud to be part of it. Hopefully, the Cattleya Killer could be one, if not the possible door, for ABS-CBN to step into the global industry,” shared Arjo, who is also well-loved for his exemplary portrayal of his characters in Filipino TV dramas like “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” “The General’s Daughter,” Hanggang Saan,” “MMK,” and “Love Lockdown.”
Production for “The Rebirth of the Cattleya Killer” is slated to begin this year. ABS-CBN is fresh from the successful global run of “Almost Paradise,” its co-production with Electric Entertainment starring Hollywood actor Christian Kane and some of the Philippines’ top actors. One of its directors, award-winning filmmaker Dan Villegas, will be directing the “The Rebirth of the Cattleya Killer,” which will also have the same local production team as the U.S. crime drama series.
Dan also directed Philippine box-office hits “Always Be My Maybe” and “Exes Baggage,” and teleseryes “On The Wings of Love” and “Sino Ang May Sala? Mea Culpa” in the Philippines.
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