Three of the country’s film production giants — Viva Films, GMA Pictures and APT Entertainment — sealed a partnership to co-produce the Philippine adaptation of the Japanese drama Pure Soul, from which the hit Korean movie A Moment to Remember was also adapted.
The collaboration was formalized in a contract signing ceremony held on 2 March.
For the first time, the Filipino audience will witness the pairing of two of the country’s biggest stars, Alden Richards and Bea Alonzo.
Present at the contract signing at the Viva Communications office were Viva president and COO Vincent del Rosario, Viva Artists Agency president Veronique Del Rosario-Corpus and senior vice president for Content and Production Valerie del Rosario.
Representing GMA Network were GMA Films president and programming consultant to the chair and CEO Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes, first vice president for program management Jose Mari Abacan, vice president for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier Cruz, and senior assistant vice president for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara.
And for APT Entertainment Inc., in attendance were CEO and president Mike Tuviera, COO and CFO Jojo Oconer and vice president for production operation Camille Montano.
Also present was Bea’s manager Shirley Kuan.
Vincent del Rosario said that though the script of the Filipino version of Pure Soul is directly based on the Japanese series, the writer incorporated nuances of Pinoy culture for local moviegoers to appreciate.
Gozon-Valdes expressed excitement in bringing the project to life, adding that it’s perfect for Alden and Bea.
“Finally, it’s now a reality,” she said.
Tuviera said the project afforded him a chance to be part of an Alden-Bea film. He pointed out the producers want the audience to feel the story in a big-screen theater.
“We’re making the film as a theatrical experience,” he said.
The film is about a young couple whose relationship will be put to the test when the woman is diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alden said he’s grateful to be cast in the film. “It’s my first remake, and there will always be comparison. What we want as actors is to do our own take on how we understood the role,” he said, adding that the film is suited to the big screen.
Bea said she’s excited to work with Alden, and that she’s happy that the script has elements of Filipino culture: “We are working around the parameters of what Korea wants us to do, of course to maintain and respect the original form of the movie. It’s going to be a little different from the original, 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.”