BG Productions International unravels big projects for 2018

BG Productions International has revealed its exciting lineup of big projects for 2018.

In the media launch held at Marco Polo Hotel, the trailers of two films currently in production were presented to the media: first was “Almost A Love Story” featuring Barbie Forteza and Derrick Monasterio that also stars Lotlot de Leon, Matet de Leon and Ana Capri from the direction of Louie Ignacio. It is being produced in cooperation with Salento Cinema in Italy. It will have a “mainstream release” aside from being shown in Italy.


The second was the trailer of “Latay,” directed by Ralston Jover which tells the story of a “battered husband” and his “abusive wife” featuring Allen Dizon in the lead. Being considered to play Dizon’s wife in the film are award-winning actresses Alessandra de Rossi or Lovi Poe. The movie is being eyed to be entered in international film festivals.


Also launched were the projects of esteemed directors Joel Lamangan, Mel Chionglo and Louie Ignacio.

Being considered as the lead actress in the Joel Lamangan proJect titled “Angela Lumunsad” is Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista. She plays a woman who was mistaken for a teacher. She will be caught in a romance between a soldter and an NPA member who will both fall for her. The movie speaks about the importance of education and thts early there are plans to show the movie in schools. Also being prepared is an “environmental project” titled ” Maruming Hangin” that has anti-pollution as theme. BG Productions is planning to field this “satirical comedy” to the MMFF 2018.

Also in the works is the mainstream project of Mel Chionglo who is currently undergoing negotiations with Lualhati Bautista for a script based on her book “Sixty In the City”. Is the right vehicle for Ms. Charo Santos whom BG Productions CEO Baby Go wants to work with?

Director Louie Ignacio’s movie titled “School Bus,” which is intended for the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, will start filming in March. If ever the movie is selected as entry, this will be the first title that BG Productions will join the prestigious independent film festival. Ms. Baby Go is likewise started on another Louie Ignacio project about an “unano wrestler” and he wants no less than the only and only superstar Nora Aunor to play the mother of the midgets.

Also lined up for this year are movies from Jason Paul Laxamana, Neal Tan and Joey Romero. Ms. Baby Go is happy to doing a wide variety of projects under her film outfit. It is also her dream to do a movie with Star for all season Ms. Vilma Santos and to have her own cinema where she can screen the movies that she produces. She also has an offer to co-produce a Hollywood film so Madame Baby is set to fly to the United States for a meeting.

“It is my passion to produce movies. I also help in the marketing. Thank God, we are able to sell the broadcast rights of our film so the money keeps on rolling, enabling us to continue making movies. I am happy I am able to keep my passion alive,” said Mrs. Go.

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ grosses P115.3-M on opening week in PH box office

The Filipino audience embraced the thrills and comedic antics of Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, hurling the comedy adventure to the No.1 spot of the box-office with a 7-day opening week of a roaring P115,275,439.

The Dwayne Johnson blockbuster now holds the record for the sixth biggest opening for a Columbia Pictures title, bested only by, in descending order, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Welcomed by local critics with superlative reviews, Jumanji signals a great year-starter for Columbia which still has potential hits Insidious: The Last Key, Venom, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for the rest of the year.

Internationally, Jumanji has crossed the $300 million mark and has totaled over $262-M in the US after only 24 days of release. The film has a 75% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, echoing the moviegoers’ warm response to the actioner.

In the Philippines, Welcome to the Jungle opened in 243 screens, with SM Mall of Asia (P4.19-M), SM North EDSA (P3.61-M) and SM Megamall (P3.14-M) getting the proverbial lion’s share of sales.

Close to their heels are Trinoma (P2.5-M), SM Cebu (P2.31-M), SM Clark (P2-M), Glorietta 4 (P1.93-M), SM Baguio (P1.61-M), Powerplant (P1.5-M) and Greenhills Promenade (P1.47-M).

Also high in the rankings are Gaisano Davao (P1.41-M, SM Seaside (P1.38-M), SM San Lazaro (P1.28-M), SM Fairview (P1.26-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.22-M), SM Dasmarinas (P1.19-M), Bonifacio High Street (P1.18-M), Robinsons Ermita (P1.145-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.142-M), and Robinsons Magnolia (P1.13-M).

Closing out the Top 30 theaters are SM Southmall (P1.11-M), SM Aura (P1.1-M), Fisher Mall (P1.08-M), Gateway Cineplex (P1.07-M), Uptown Place (P1.03-M), Market!Market! (P1.011-M), Harbor Point (P1.01-M), SM Lanang (P994,644), Shang Cineplex (P985,763) and Eastwood (P956,149).

In the brand-new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four unlikely friends are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they decide to play and are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, in the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.