Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is attracting not only the attention of other world leaders and human rights advocates, but also film production companies.
Duterte, referred by Malaysian media as “Asia’s new strongman”, is the subject of several Hollywood film production companies latest gossip, especially the Columbia and Paramount Pictures.
American independent filmmaker David Mann said his group has already received favorable response from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for a possible depiction of President Duterte’s life in a non-documentary film.
Mann, working for the Paramount Pictures said he already drafted a story ever since Duterte was still a mayor of Davao City. The filmmaker gained interest on Duterte after staying in Davao City for five months in 2009 when he filmed his short documentary feature about Davao Crocodile Farm. He said he talked to the then mayor Duterte a number of times and said the Mayor knows him well during his Davao stint.
“I’m glad that President Duterte still remember me. I think this si a big factor why he showed interest in giving me the chance to film his life”, Mann said.
The filmmaker said the film will focus only to Duterte’s life since he was young and his rise to power. He added that the alleged killings accused by Duterte’s detractors have no place in his film as these are just hearsay and not proven true.
Mann with his group is expected to arrive on January 15 to discuss how they will proceed.
President Duterte has been depicted at least a dozen times on video games and films as strong man who destroy bad guys but the film will be more on drama and will have no violent scenes,” Mann said.
Mann also added that 30% of the films revenue will finance drug rehabilitation projects in the Philippines. /Benny Franco/