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Director Jerrold Tarog is Done With Historical Films...For Now

He’ll take a break on historical films after the Quezon film.
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Filmmaker Jerrold Tarog is swearing off historical films. For now at least. 

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In a post on Twitter, the acclaimed director behind historical dramas Heneral Luna and Goyo, and the yet-to-be-filmed Quezon, said he is feeling “very done” with historical films “after the trilogy.” Tarog was responding to a question from another Twitter user about whether he would be interested to do a movie based on the life of Apolinario Mabini. 

 

Produced by TBA Films, Heneral Luna was a major hit at the box office, earning P256 million when it was released in 2015. Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, which opened in 2018, was less succesful, with about P120 million in ticket receipts.

Quezon, based on the life of former president Manuel L. Quezon, is supposed to be the third film in a trilogy based on familiar names in Philippine history. The movie has been delayed after Tarog was contracted by ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema to direct the latest big-budget adaptation of Filipino superheroine Darna starring newcomer Jane De Leon.

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Cameras are expected to start rolling for the Quezon film in 2021, according to a news item on ABS-CBN, but it is not known if the pandemic has had any effect on the filmmaking schedule.

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