John Lloyd Cruz maintains that Popoy and Basha’s life after reconciliation is worth telling.
With only a few more weeks before A Second Chance, his movie with Bea Alonzo makes it to the theaters, John Lloyd Cruz addressed those who believe that One More Chance shouldn’t have gotten a sequel.
For his part, John Lloyd believes that the sequel is something that had to be done.
“Yeah, kasi siyempre after eight years, kina Popoy at Basha ano ba ang nagbago? Ano ba ang nangyari sa kanila?” John Lloyd said during the Cinema One Originals opening night held on Sunday.
He added, “Kung excited kayong makita, kami rin excited rin kaming maipakita sa inyo. Kagaya nito, dapat sa panahong ngayon ang audience dapat laging na-e-excite. Dapat di sila ma-bore sa binibigay nila kaya excited ako sa mga mangyayari sa last quarter ng taon and early next year.”
Since some expressed apprehension that the sequel might not top the first movie, John Lloyd clarified that it’s a collaborative decision and one that is not his alone.
“Well, di ko alam kasi ako di ko naman call ‘yun, di ko rin naman choice na ituloy ito, ang tanong ko lang naman ano ba ang istorya ng kuwento natin? Naniniwala kaming lahat, the creators, our writers, our director, our producers, it’s a story worth telling,” he explained.
Turns out, John Lloyd is well aware that there are those who are curious as to how Popoy and Basha fared after getting back together in the 2007 film.
“‘Yung mga naghahanap, na-stop na tayo sa One More Chance, lahat tayo nagtataka, nag-iisip kung ano na ba ang nangyari sa kanila? Tingin ko na magandang pagkakataon na ikuwento kung ano ba ang naging buhay nila,” he maintained.
John Lloyd didn’t mask his excitement for his film saying that “kasi parang tine-test mo yung audience.”
While he knows that the movie is “not your typical MMFF film,” John Lloyd is banking on the clamor for alternative cinema which was recently affirmed by the successful biopic Heneral Luna.
“Sabi ko nga since marami tayong naririnig especially sa mga netizens sa atin na laging naghahanap ng iba, bago naman daw, so siguro ito yung magandang sagot. Kung talaga naghahanap kayo ng iba, you might want to watch this film,” he said.
Does this mean that he’s leaving the mainstream cinema scene?
“Career move I don’t l know, gusto ko lang namang gumawa ng pelikula, maging parte ng sine at ng sining na ito so pagnagkakaroon ng pagkakataon na maimbitahan ka, maging parte ng isang pelikula na kagaya nito, yun lang naman ang habol ko,” he replied.
The Erik Matti-helmed flick premiered last August at the Toronto International Film Festival.