The Jakarta Post
'Nagabonar Reborn' is a unique take on the 1987 story, with director Emil Heraldi ready to helm the project. (Shutterstock/File)
Filming for Nagabonar Reborn, a remake of the 1987 comedy Nagabonar, is slated for July and August in Medan, North Sumatra, where the film is set. Actors Gading Marten and Citra Kirana will star in the modern take on the hit classic.
"We are ready to produce the film Nagabonar Reborn in July and hopefully the film would be ready to screen all across the country by the end of the year," Gempita Tjipta Perkasa producer Trimedya Panjaitan said in Jakarta on Saturday as reported by kompas.com.
Trimedya said the film would be a unique take on the 1987 story, with director Emil Heraldi ready to helm the project. Emil previously directed Night Bus, which won Best Film at the 2017 Indonesian Film Festival.
"We agreed to do a film of quality but also a commercial [one] so that the film can be watched by many," Trimedya said.
Darius Sinathrya, who is also producing the upcoming film, said it was a challenge to take on a popular and iconic film.
"The challenge is we have to make a film that is better than the previous film. That's why we had to choose the crew and actors that have already proven their quality," Darius said.
Gading, the lead of Nagabonar, said he was happy to have received words of encouragement from his father, senior actor Roy Marten.
"Dad agreed right away and he suggested that I not watch the film starring Deddy Mizwar, so as not to be influenced by it," Gading said, adding that he was up to challenge to play the role as best he can.
Meanwhile, costar Citra said she was unfamiliar with the story and the role of her character, which was originally portrayed by Nurul Arifin.
"I don't know anything about the character yet, because I haven't seen the film. The current writer could completely change it and make it more in the now, not related to the previous Nagabonar film," Citra said. (liz/wng)