Two days after revealing ‘Gameboys,’ The IdeaFirst Company upcoming project on their social media accounts. The digital series starring Kokoy de Santos (F#*@bois) and Elijah Canlas (Edward, Kalel 15) and directed by Ivan Andrew Payawal may actually be coming sooner than we think.
In an interview with PEP.ph, The IdeaFirst Company’s Perci Intalan revealed that one, it is actually a BL or boys love series and two, it’s coming tonight, May 22.
I confirmed this with direk Perci himself, “Yup, tonight namin ire-release sa YT ‘yung ‘Gameboys.’ First episode lang muna ilalabas namin. Gusto rin muna namin makita reaction ng tao. Marami kaming plans for the story pero it would be interesting to see people’s reactiono rin as we’re producing it. :)”
I asked what time would they make it live on their YouTube channel, he answered “8PM.”
As a fan of the two young actors and of the genre, this is pretty exciting. And ‘Gameboys’ is made by the people behind great films like ‘Die Beautiful,’ ‘Born Beautiful’ and ‘The Girl Allergic to WiFi.’ Two movies about the LGBT and a coming-of-age romance movie, which are mostly the issues or the genres being tackled in boys love stories.
We have yet to know about the story, but their characters are gamers, online probably. This setting is perfect for the quarantine as production staff cannot function like before. They even shot their scenes at Elijah and Kokoy’s own homes.
Elijah Canlas first starred in the Cinemalaya movie ‘Sundalong Kanin’ back in 2014 then did the CineFilipino film ‘Sakaling Hindi Makarating’ in 2016. The year 2019 was the best for him yet. He started with iWant original series ‘Past, Present, Perfect?’ in March, then the critically-acclaimed Cinemalaya movie ‘Edward’ in August, supported Gabbi Gacia and Khalil Ramos in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino movie ’LSS’ and finally getting his biggest break in Jun Robles Lana’s ‘Kalel, 15.’
Kokoy de Santos on the other hand, was on a handful of TV series before he starred in the drama film ‘Tumbang Preso.’ He then, got more film projects like ‘Kid Kulafu,’ ‘Die Beautiful’ and ‘Signal Rock.’ His most notable and his biggest break is probably the controversial 2019 Cinemalaya movie ‘Fuccbois’ with Royce Cabrera and Ricky Davao.
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For more details on the interview with executive producer Perci Intalan, you can go to: https://www.pep.ph/pepalerts/pep-troika/151555/kokoy-de-santos-elijah-canlas-boys-love-gameboys-a4118-20200521
UPDATE: First episode below: