MANILA—The Alden Richards and Bea Alonzo movie “A Moment to Remember” will not have any pressure in its shooting, since the production has no deadline or any playdate schedule to follow. They will wait for the opening of the cinemas before they show the movie.
“This is for a big screen, so just wait,” Vincent del Rosario of Viva Films said.
“Siguro, baka by end of this year o early next year baka ma-normalize na at parating naman yung vaccine,” quipped Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes, GMA Films, Inc. President and Programming Consultant to the Chairman and CEO.
The movie is a Philippine adaptation of a Japanese TV drama “Pure Soul” in 2001, which was adapted into a South Korean movie “A Moment to Remember” shown in 2004.
Based on the storyline, “The film follows the journey of a young couple whose relationship will be put to the test when the woman is diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a story that will test how much love can withstand and show how it can triumph in the midst of pain, fear, denial and acceptance.”
Bea and Alden will start shooting by the end of March or April, although they have started with their workshop with their director Nuel Naval, look test and story conference.
The shooting will not go on straight schedule as Alden has to start his new drama series on GMA7.
It is interesting to note how this project was conceptualized and how GMA Pictures, Viva Films, and APT Entertainment collaborated.
Annette Gozon said, “Dati kasi, talagang gusto na naming magka-Alden-Bea. Kinausap na namin dati yung Star Cinema kung pwede, open naman sila.
“’Tapos, may talks kasi kami with Viva for Alden project talaga. Tapos nagkataon, ito ‘yung time na parang nag-sign na yata si Bea with Shirley Kuan, ‘tapos kinausap yata nila si Boss Vic del Rosario. ‘Tapos sabi ni Boss Vic, eto na lang.
“Gusto rin nila si Alden yung partner… so eto, may project for Alden na remake nga ng ‘Pure Soul’ na ‘yun nga ang ‘A Moment to Remember’ ng Korea. So, eksakto, parang suwerte.”
So this is a project meant for Alden at Bea.
APT Entertainment was included in the production because Alden has an existing movie contract with them.
“Saka magandang magsanib talaga yung tatlo para magtulungan,” Gozon added. Right time, right project for the teamup of Asia’s Multimedia Star and New Generation’s Movie Queen.
Alden expressed, “It’s my first remake, and there’s always comparison. What we wanted as actors is to do our own take on how we understood the role.
“Ang ganda ng material, sobra. Kung babalik na yung cinemas, it’s really for it. Mas dama mo yung istorya.”
Alden really wanted to do a project with Bea since the Pambansang Bae idolizes John Lloyd Cruz, the actress’ perennial partner.
Bea was able to watch Alden in his movie with Kathryn Bernardo in “Hello, Love, Goodbye” (2019), so she had also wished to be paired with the Kapuso actor.
“I’m excited na makakapagtrabaho na kami this time. We’re very happy na nag-inject sila ng Filipino culture doon sa script.
“We are working around the parameters of what Korea wants us to do, of course to also maintain and respect the original form of the movie.
“It’s going to be a little different from the original title but we will make sure that it’s going to be a good one. It’s going to be extra challenging and also very inspiring,” Bea narrated.
The barriers are broken—Kapuso and Kapamilya stars are joined together, there’s a Kapuso production with a Kapamilya director.
The question is, who will take the lead for the production– Viva or APT?
Everybody looks forward to everything turning out good and hopes that by the time the movie is shown, all the cinemas are open and safe to watch this most-awaited film on the big screen. (ECD/MTVN)