Why 'Heneral Luna' was almost shelved by producer

Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 09 2015 07:48 PM | Updated as of Oct 11 2015 01:34 AM

MANILA – Critically acclaimed biopic "Heneral Luna" has so far raked in over P230 million at the box office, making it one of the country's highest-grossing films to date.

Fernando Ortigas, the film's executive producer, said the film came at the right time, and it could have been shelved if it was pitched to him earlier.

"I told Ed and I told a lot of people that if I got this script one week earlier, I would’ve thrown it in the garbage can and forget about it because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to get into movies," Ortigas told ANC's "Market Edge."

“It came at the right time, I read the script and I enjoyed it,” he added.

Ortigas and screenwriter-producer Ed Rocha invested about P80 million for the indie film, which was named the country’s official entry in the Best Foreign Film category of the prestigious Oscar Awards.

“We’re coming close to [breaking even], which is already a blessing for us,” said Ortigas.

Ortigas, a member of the Ortigas clan behind Ortigas & Co., admitted that he has no background in movies, but he used the same principles in real estate in finishing the ambitious project.

“My comparison was like building a house. You can’t stop halfway, you have to put the roof on. And whatever your architect tells you the cost is going to be and if there’s a cost overrun, you can’t stop…Same thing as the movie,” he said.