Action-thriller OTJ (On The Job) starring Gerald Anderson and Piolo Pascual is being considered for a Hollywood remake. (Video: On The Job Teaser Trailer)
According to Gerald Anderson, On The Job is said to be under the radar of Hollywood producers. In fact, Mark Wahlberg and Tom Cruise have expressed interest in doing a remake of On The Job, directed by acclaimed director Erik Matti.
"Sabi nila direk, 'yung kampo nila Mark Wahlberg tumawag para i-remake, at saka nila Tom Cruise," Gerald told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of the opening of the 18th French Film Festival in Makati City on Thursday
Produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainemnt, On The Job had a succesful world premiere last May at Directors' Fortnight section of the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in France, receiving a standing ovation.
Recalling the proud moment, Anderson said, "Tinitingnan ko si Piolo, 'Bro, kaunti nalang iiyak na ako, eh.' Kasi talagang ang-init ng pagtanggap nila. Very proud day para sa mga Pinoy," he said.
Before plans for a Hollywood remake, On The Job will have a theatrical release in the United States in the last quarter of the year. Film distributor Well Go USA had acquired the North American rights to the film, according to a report on news website Indiewire.
If the Hollywood remake will be pursued, On The Job will be joining the ranks of several Asian films remade in Hollywood and became successful. In terms of Filipino movie, Richard Gutierrez's and Iza Calzado's Sigaw was the last Pinoy film in recent memory which had a remake in the States. Titled The Echo, the remake also stars Iza Calzado with Jesse Bradford helmed by original Filipino director Yam Laranas.
Can Gerald and Piolo snatch a role if ever the OTJ remake will push through?
"Kung may offer, gusto ko ipakita na ang mga Pinoy may talent din. Kung may offer, yes, oo naman, para mapakita natin sa kanila," said Gerald when asked if he is willing to take up a possible Hollywood offer, following his recent exposure to an international audience.