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The Director of Birdshot Is Working on a New Magic Temple Film

Mikhail Red has yet another exciting project.

Those who grew up in the '90s would remember the mystical world that Magic Temple introduced. In the film, three boys with special powers battle against the evil forces that exist in the fantasy world of Samadhi, and they get help from magical creatures that they come across. Magic Temple was directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, who also served as writers alongside Erik Matti.

With great auteurs behind the film, it's no wonder it won all 14 awards it was nominated for—including Best Film—at the Metro Manila Film Festival in 1996.

The critically acclaimed film was restored by ABS-CBN Film Restoration in 2016, but now it's reportedly getting a remake with celebrated director Mikhail Red at the helm. ABS-CBN Films is working on the film with Cre8 Productions from Singapore. Plus, it's not just going to be one movie—it's going to be an entire franchise. (Think something along the lines of Harry Potter.) The first film in the series is reportedly set for release in 2020.

Red, who's known for his work on Birdshot, Rekorder, and Neomanila, is adding Magic Temple to his long list of exciting projects. He's also working on Block Z, a zombie movie starring Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto, and a thriller called Dead Kids. Not to mention, his horror film Eerie, starring Bea Alonzo and Charo Santos-Concio just premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival. 

It's still a long wait before the remake hits theaters, but for now, you can stream the digitally restored version on iWant.


This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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