ABS-CBN joins the international production Sellblock as it continues to champion Filipino talent on the world stage.
The prison-set action drama, which is now in pre-production, will have a Filipino lead star that will come from ABS-CBN’s stable of artists to be announced soon.
Sellblock is among the 16 films and series in the Asian Genre that will be developed and produced by BlackOps Studios Asia from the Philippines, Story Arch Pictures from the United States of America, and Agog Film Productions Ltd. from Hong Kong, for streaming all over the world.
ABS-CBN is directly working with BlackOps and Philippine-based creative agency Psyops8 for the project, which also has the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
“We’ve chosen to partner with BlackOps for their captivating Sellblock series because it has everything we’re looking for—high-concept, high-drama, high-stakes, and a high-profile international cast,” said ABS-CBN International Production and Co-Production head Ruel Bayani.
“As last year’s Squid Game proves, a local production with the right ingredients and production values can resonate phenomenally with audiences worldwide,” added producer-director Pedring Lopez, the head of both BlackOps and Psyops8.
International media Variety broke the story on ABS-CBN’s participation in the project last week as BlackOps Studios Asia, Story Arch Pictures, and Agog Film Productions Ltd. unveiled the lineup of their co-production partnership, which was forged at the European Film Market in the Berlin Film Festival.
The country’s leading content provider, ABS-CBN continues to forge new partnerships to promote Filipino stories and talent all over the world. Entertainment website Deadline revealed recently that ABS-CBN is also collaborating with Filipino-American actor Reggie Lee and Filipino-American film producer Jeremiah Abraham for Concepcion a crime drama about a Filipino family’s rule in a Los Angeles town.
Earlier this year, ABS-CBN announced the all-star cast of Cattleya Killer, a thriller series produced for global audiences that will be shown later in 2022. It is also behind Almost Paradise, the first American TV series filmed entirely in the Philippines, which it co-produced with Hollywood’s Electric Entertainment.