Original “fantaserye” king Richar Gutierrez stages a comeback on primetime television in the newest, grandest and modernized version of the classic and iconic komiks series, “Ang Panday,” by ace writer-director Carlo J. Caparas starting February 29 from VIVA Communications, Inc. and TV5.
Richard plays the revered character of the Pinoy superhero Falavio, a blacksmith who rose to fame via four blockbuster movies headlined by the late King of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe, Jr.
FPJ’s “Panday” emerged as top grosser in the 1980 Metro Manila Film Festival which was followed by three more highly successful instalments. Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, meanwhile had their own versions, “Dugo ng Panday” in 1993 and “Hiwaga ng Panday” in 1998, respectively.
Sen. Bong did two more “Panday” projuects, “Ang Panday” (2009) and “Ang Panday 2” (2011 Metro Manila Film Festival) from GMA Films. Other TV remakes followed suit in two different stations.
This year’s TV remake on the Kapatid network, however, will have multi-awarded director Mac Alejandre at the helm with the genius Direk Carlo himself, acting as creative consultant of the project.
VIVA and TV5’s “Ang Panday” will trace Flavio’s take from birth to his adventures as a blacksmith who hoes up against arch nemesis Lizardo and his evil cohorts with the use of his sword that has supernatural powers.
Direk Carlo says that in the modernized version, viewers will discover that Flavio is a foundling and that he has a brother, a sibling raised by bad elements while Flavio is taken care of a priest.
Joining Richard as chief nemesis Lizardo in the 2016 “Ang Panday” TV remake is none other than Christopher “Boyet” De Leon in a role originally portrayed on the big screen by late character actor Max Alvarado. Also in the cast is the new child wonder Alonzo Mulach together with MTV Pinoy VJ Sam Pinoy, Jasmine Curtis, Bangs Garcia, Emoy, Chicser’s Ranz Kyle, CJ Caparas, Ara Mina and many more.
Catch Richard Gutierrez’s fantaserye comeback in the modern-day retelling of the classic Carlo J. Caparas komik masterpiece, “Ang Panday,” starting February 29 only from VIVA and the Kapatid network, TV5.