Update: The article over at ABSCBN has been removed. It is rumored this may be merely an elaborate hoax, but ABSCBN has not yet released a statement.
Omigod. The Philippines is coming out with its own version of Twilight. Yes, that Stephenie Meyer book which was made into a movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring the meh Kristen Stewart and the rougishly handsome Robert Pattinson.
The Tagalog Twilight is called Takipsilim (I didn’t know that was the literal Tagalog translation for Twilight! To me it loosely translates to “under the cover of darkness”) and it stars Filipino actors Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao.
Um. Couldn’t they find a handsomer looking actor, like, say Gerald Anderson?? Hehehehe.
Also… I wonder if they’re going to cut off Rayver’s lower half. In Philippine folklore, vampires are called aswang or mananggal and they usually have freakishly large batlike wings and they fly, but only their upper bodies fly. Yes, they leave their lower halves wherever. Like in their house maybe. Hahaha. And they can turn into bats.
In the Twilight book, the Filipino danag was mentioned. It’s actually a Visayan word for the Tagalog aswang or manananggal. The Philippines has a lot of languages and dialects, so…
Filipino fans of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series will soon have another reason to celebrate after broadcasting giant ABS-CBN bagged the exclusive rights to make a local television series based on the vampire novels.
Initial reports said ABS-CBN paid $1 million with co-producer Ignite Media for the rights to the Twilight series. The new series, tentatively titled “Takipsilim”, will reunite the onscreen tandem of Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao.
Taping for the series will start February of next year. Some parts of the series will be shot abroad and the other locations include Tagaytay, Bukidnon and Baguio. The series will be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
Rayver Cruz will star as Edward Cullen and Shaina Magdayao as Isabella Swan in the local television version “Twilight.” The hit vampire novel has been bought by ABS-CBN has bought for more than US$1 million with Ignite Media as co producer. The taping is set to start next year by Feb. in Baguio, Tagaytay, Bukidnon with some parts to be shot abroad. To be directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, the TV adaptation will focus on Edward and Bella’s love story to be treated as drama, romance and fantasy. The unofficial cast includes Valeen Montenegro as Alice Cullen, Gabby Concepcion as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, Luis Manzano as Emmett Cullen, Al Tantay as Charlie Swan, Yayo Aguila as Renee Dwyer, Fred Payawan as Jacob Black, Carlos Agassi as James, Chin Chin Gutierrez as Esme Cullen, Karylle as Rosalie Hale, Joross Gamboa as Jasper Hale, Jessy Mendiola as Jessica Stanley, Empress Schuck as Angela Weber, Brad Murdoch as Laurent, Nikki Bacolod as Victoria and Aaron Villaflor as Mike Newton. Rayver and Shaina were former love team partner but the tandem did not work. It seems their tandem will click in “Twilight.”
Here‘s an ongoing discussion at Pinoy Exchange. Comments?
P.S. The image above is just a Photoshop work from a fan. It’s not the official cover.