Senator Lito Lapid has recently proposed reviving the annual Manila Film Festival, traditionally held on the last week of June, to exclusively feature local action films.
Production of local action films have significantly nosedived for the last few years. The decline was felt as early as the passing away of Fernando Poe Jr., the King of Philippines Movies, in 2004.
Sen. Lapid explained that there are still a number of senior and young action stars who can topbill action films. He mentioned Philip Salvador, Ronnie Rickets, Cesar Montaño, Robin Padilla and Senate colleagues Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada.
The former Pampanga governor and two-time senator said he would not wait until the end of his term in 2016 before producing and starring in an action film.
He said he was inspired by the recent production of America films which starred former action stars which garnered unexpected box-office bonanzas. These were The Expendables (directed by Sylvester Stallone) and Red (produced by Bruce Willis).
Queried on what particular action film he has in mind, Lapid said he plans to revive his Leon Guerrero series. Leon Guerrero is a horse-riding local Robin Hood whom he had played in a film and two sequels.
The Manila Film Festival, scheduled during the celebration of Manila Day was scrapped after the so-called 1994 film scandal.
Lapid said the filmfest will benefit the hundreds of unemployed stuntmen and film extras, as well as the directors and production workers previously producing action films.
He said he believes that action films will be easier and less expensive than the fantasy films now being produced since real and actual action will not require special effects that usually raise production costs.
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