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Deantastic – Filipino Version of ‘Twilight’?

December 22, 2008

source: Deantastic


ABS-CBN to Make Filipino Version of Twilight, Become the Bane of my Existence [Rumor]

By Dean on December 22

Philippine media giant ABS-CBN has apparently bought rights to create a Filipino version, TV adaptation of the hit teeny-bopper movie Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008).

According to this site, the multimedia conglomerate coughed up “more than a million dollars” to get rights to film their surely sucky small-screen version of the hit flick.  The same site says that the soap will focus mainly on the love story of the film’s two antagonists, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. The cast (”unofficial”, insists consists of such names as Rayver Cruz, Shaina Magdayao, and Gabby Concepcion.

ABS-CBN has never been any good at originality. Several of the television programs on their lineup are simply franchises of foreign shows—Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune, Pinoy Fear Factor, and Pinoy Big Brother to name a few. They’ve been recycling concepts for their primetime soap operas for years now, using the same premium blend of romance and violence that keeps people glued to their seats.

That is not to say that they’ve been any good at what they do. Their game show knockoffs are mostly overdone, complete with tacky hand signals, platoons of scantily clad dancers, blinding studio lights and out-of-this-world music. Their telenovelas aren’t any better. Guns. Romance. Third parties. Against the odds. Told through dialogue so cheesy it tastes better than pizza, and such sour acting it makes my face cringe.

Which is why it was stupid for whoever owns Twilight to sell rights to create a TV adaptation of the movie to ABS-CBN (if he/she/it really did). All told Twilight has an OK story. It might be a tad bit too teeny-bopper and run-of-the-mill, and there might be too little to distinguish it from other romance stories, but it’s just good enough to make big bucks with a well-targeted demographic. ABS-CBN might think that they can ride the wave of Twilight hype, but I personally don’t think it will click. The movie appeals to teenage girls because they might be able to somehow relate to its story (e.g. “OMG, I went through that pain and hurt once”, or “OMG, I’m so jealous of Bella. I want my own Edward Cullen”). ABS-CBN seriously threatens to make it impossible to relate to Edward and Bella’s plight by painting it tacky all over.

It should be noted, however, that this is a yet unconfirmed story. My googling powers turned up nothing, and the source I linked to at the beginning of this article provided only sketchy details about the “deal”. We can all breathe easy—for the time being, at least.

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