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Indonesian fictional hero Wiro Sableng goes Hollywood

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, February 10, 2017 | 03:17 pm
Indonesian fictional hero Wiro Sableng goes Hollywood

Fox International Productions (FIP) is teaming up with Jakarta-based producer Lifelike Pictures to work on its first Indonesian film, 212 Warrior. (Shutterstock/File)

Fox International Productions (FIP) is teaming up with Jakarta-based producer Lifelike Pictures to work on its first Indonesian film, 212 Warrior.

The companies aim to produce and circulate the movie locally and internationally.

The co-production will be an adaptation of a best-selling martial arts book series, Wiro Sableng, with shooting scheduled for this year and the release for 2018. Written by Bastian Tito, the 185 books in the series revolve around the fictional character of Wiro Sableng, a renowned martial arts hero in Indonesia. 

For the movie, Vino G. Bastian, the son of the late Bastion Tito, will be cast as Wiro Sableng. Other actors include Marsha Timothy and Sherina Munaf. 

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The producer of the film is Sheila Timothy, with the executive producer and director being Michael Werner and Angga D Sasongko respectively. Yayan Ruhiyan, choreographer of The Raid, is also said to be contributing. Screenplay writers include Sheila Timothy herself, Tumpal Tampubolon and Seno Gumira Ajidarma. 

Combining our understanding of the Indonesian market and audience preferences with FIP’s expertise, ‘212 Warrior’ will satisfy the demand of Indonesian audiences for a good quality film. [FIP president] Tomas Jegeus, Michael Werner and I agreed to make the ‘212 Warrior’ as a great commercial movie. We look forward to expanding collaboration to the series,” Timothy said, as quoted in Variety

FIP aims has already made inroads in Asia prior to Wiro Sableng, contributing to the making of the Korean films “The Yellow Sea” and “The Wailing”. On the other hand, Lifelike Pictures partook in the famous productions of Joko Anwar’s Pintu Terlarang (The Forbidden Door) and Modus Anomali, as well as Adriyanto Dewo’s Tabula Rasa. (nik/asw)

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