Baltasar Kormakur To Remake Erik Matti's ON THE JOB

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Premiering as part of this year's Director's Fortnight selection in Cannes, Erik Matti's On The Job is based on the sort of story that is too strange to be fiction - a true life tale of prisoners released on day passes to work as hitmen, with prison officials working in collaboration with gangsters and high ranking politicians to make it all happen. It's the sort of story that has obvious dramatic appeal and so it comes as no surprise that it quickly caught the eye of several high ranking players in Hollywood.

And now word is out that Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband, 2 Guns) is attached to direct a US version of the story. How close this will hold to the Matti version is yet to be determined, with Deadline previously reporting Kormakur was pursuing a version based on his own research, but he's certainly no stranger to adapting material successfully for the US audience with Contraband being a remake of Icelandic offering Reykjavik-Rotterdam which Kormakur previously produced and starred in.

No writer or studio home yet announced for this, though XYZ Films - which represented the Matti film for international sales and where I am a partner, so yes, I know more that I'm not telling - are on board to produce.

WellGo USA have picked up North American rights to Matti's On The Job and should be announcing release dates soon. Check the trailer for Matti's film below.
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  • zeejan

    hoping that even in remake, Star Cinema will be involved :) and also, some local talents will do :)

  • Jason

    This is a Hollywood remake with a US setting. I don't think they will need Fiipino artist in their version. Your post reminds me of the failed US remake of Sigaw (The Echo).

  • DooK_Fresh

    I was hoping for either Scorsese or Mann for the remake. Word is also that Matti is now working on a sequel.

  • Matti's got a few things on the go right now, both as director and producer. I'm not sure if anybody knows what will ultimately go first but, yes, the Cannes selection of this one opened a lot of doors for him in Manila so we can definitely be expecting some more gritty action from him in the future. The remake will ultimately open more doors, too, as it'll show the local financiers that there's a business model out there that'll support something other than the bad romcoms that make up most of the Pinoy studio releases.

    I'm gonna see him in person at Pifan next month, will see if things have gotten any clearer by then.

  • DooK_Fresh

    This could definitely lead to more breakthroughs in Philippine Cinema, and one can only imagine greater things to come.

    Thanks for all the updating concerning Matti's film and future projects, looking forward to Well Go USA's BD release and more from Matti.

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