Piolo Pascual, Dingdong Dantes to star in new Erik Matti film about Mamasapano clash

MANILA, Philippines – Director Erik Matti and producer Dondon Monteverde are coming out with a new movie about the Mamasapano clash that happened in 2015.

Pintakasi is set to star Piolo Pascual and Dingdong Dantes, though Matti said at a December 16 press conference that they have not set a shooting date for the movie yet.

The December 16 press conference was held for the filmmaking duo's Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 entry Seklusyon.

There, Matti also said that they've been working on the movie since the clash happened in 2015.

In January 2015, 44 Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police were killed in a clash against Muslim rebels in an operation to arrest terrorists Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, and Abdul Basit Usman.

"Of course we're gonna show part of the Mamasapano tragedy, but the main goal is really to find out what happened before that and what caused the failure of the mission," he said, referring to those killed.

Matti added that Reality Entertainment, his production company with Monteverde, has been working with Piolo and Dingdong's production companies, Spring Films and Agosto Dos, respectively.

Movie director Joyce Bernal is also involved with Pintakasi through Spring Films.

Pintakasi is also one of 12 recipients of an International Film Festival and Awards – Macau (IFFAM) Crouching Tiger, which gives filmmakers opportunities for co-production and co-financing their work.

According to a press release, Pintakasi won the Crouching Tiger award for best pitch, which comes with a prize of $10,000. The money will go to funding the production of the film.

IFFAM's Crouching Tigers connects industry professionals from the East and the West, and Matti said that there will have American elements in the story.

A summary of the film on IFFAM's Crouching Tigers website says that in Pintakasi, the FBI partners with local rangeres in the Philippines to capture a wanted international terrorist named Hamud. – Rappler.com