‘OTJ’ still on track, in cinemas soon

Published March 26, 2018, 10:04 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

It’s taken quite a time but the sequel of drama-thriller film “On The Job (OTJ)” will likely be in cinemas by third quarter of the year.

Piolo Pascual in as scene from “On The Job (OTJ)” (mb.com.ph)
Piolo Pascual in as scene from “On The Job (OTJ)”

Content and Programming Head of HOOQ Philippines Jeffrey Remigio said so, adding that it has a “big cast” with some new characters coming in. The first movie starred Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez, Michael de Mesa, Leo Martinez, Angel Aquino, Vivian Velez, Shaina Magdayao, William Martinez, Rayver Cruz, Empress Schuck, and Dawn Jimenez, among others.

Asked why it’s only finally coming out this year, Remigio reiterated it’s an “ambitious” project. Recall that it was revealed last year that they’re making a follow-up story as a six-part series.

This time, “we want to do something bigger out of the series,” Remigio said.

After its theatrical release, the new “OTJ” will be exclusively on their video-on-demand streaming service.

The project is made possible by HOOQ, Globe Studios and Reality Entertainment. As with the first, it’s directed by Erik Matti.

“‘OTJ’ is a brand. It’s action but it also has a lot of drama. Good thing about ‘OTJ’’ is it is so real. It’s something that is very relevant,” he explained.

More from HOOQ

Before “OTJ,” among HOOQ’s offering this season is the debut of their first Hollywood Original series, “The Oath,” which tackles tough issues of gang culture and corruption in the L.A. Police Force.

The original series stars Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood,”) Cory Hardrict (“American Sniper,” “Gran Torino,”) Katrina Law (“Training Day,”) Arlen Escarpeta (“The Magicians,”) J.J Soria (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Fosters,”) and “Game Of Thrones” alum, Sean Bean.

The 10 episodes are already available in the platform.

(Clockwise); Scenes from 'Thor,' 'Coco,' Content and Programming Head of HOOQ Philippines Jeffrey Remigio, Country Head of HOOQ Philippines Sheila Paul and Scene from 'Oath.' (mb.com.ph)
(Clockwise); Scenes from ‘Thor,’ and ‘Coco,’ Content and Programming Head of HOOQ Philippines Jeffrey Remigio, Country Head of HOOQ Philippines Sheila Paul and Scene from ‘Oath.’ (mb.com.ph)

“The Oath” is just the first of many to come. Some Hollywood titles only released in theater are already available. These include Pixar’s “Coco” and Marvel and DC Cinematic Universe’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Justice League” respectively. The last installation of “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” is also accessible as well as “Jumanj: Welcome To The Jungle.”

Same goes for Pinoy films “Kita Kita” and “Woke Up Like This,” which were distributed or produced by their tie-up companies as Viva and Regal Entertainment.

Remigio said their data show Filipinos watch a mixture of genres in their platform. The time most of their viewers go to their platform are usually between lunch break until 2 p.m. Then subscribers come back from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., then at 10 p.m. ’till 2 a.m.

Country Head of HOOQ Philippines Sheila Paul said they’ve always aimed to offer their subscribers titles and originals exclusive to them. She hopes these will resonate with viewers even from different South East Asian countries as Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Singapore.

 
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