Joshua, Julia headline Mikhail Red’s spin on zombie genre ‘Block Z’

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2019 08:46 PM

Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia are part of the cast for "Block Z," the first-ever zombie movie by Star Cinema. James Banaag, Star Cinema

Both of their characters ended up dead in "Ngayon at Kailanman." 

And one can bet Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia will be hoping that their new ones do not suffer the same fate in "Block Z," the first zombie flick by Star Cinema. 

An attempt to inject life into the undead genre by adding some local flavor, the upcoming movie is by Mikhail Red, the acclaimed young director behind "Birdshot" and "Eerie." 

In an interview following a short story conference with his cast, Red said he hopes that "Block Z" will prove to be a "game-changer" and paves the way for more high-budget sci-fi flicks. 

He also explained that his take on the reanimated trope features "fast zombies" so expect a lot of frantic, exciting chase scenes. 

"Hindi ito parang 'Walking Dead' na living corpse --dito mas infected sila, mas enraged so mas high-energy ito and mas fast-paced," he said. "Talagang full speed iyong habulan at takbuhan."

"Block Z," as teased by Red, is about a group trapped inside a university that has been quarantined due to a mysterious infection. This ragtag mix now have to navigate their way out using whatever makeshift weapons and supplies they can find. 

It is topbilled by Barretto and Garcia, who plays one of the smartest medical students in her class and a varsity basketball player (a "handsome" one, joked Garcia), respectively. 

They are joined by Ian Veneracion, Ina Raymundo, Maris Racal, Yves Flores, Dimples Romana, and Mccoy de Leon. 

Direk Mikhail Red with the cast for the upcoming film #BlockZ! Dimples Romana and McCoy de Leon will also be part of the film. Are you ready for the zombie outbreak? 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️

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Filming is set to take place inside an undisclosed university in Metro Manila and will begin early February. No target release date was given as they don't want to rush the movie, said Red.