Coco Martin will direct and star in his own "Panday" movie, it has been confirmed Tuesday.
On Instagram, ABS-CBN PR executive Eric John Salut reposted a photo showing Martin together with Carlo J. Caparas, the creator of Panday. The caption said Caparas gave Martin the green light to make a movie based on the fictional blacksmith.
The planned movie will be submitted for consideration to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.
Should the plans push through, this will not be the first time that Martin will tackle a role first popularized by industry icon Fernando Poe Jr. Martin is currently starring in "Ang Probinsyano," the police action drama based on the 1997 film by the late action star of the same name.
There have long been rumors about a possible "Panday" remake. Back in 2015, Martin voiced out his intent in portraying the role, saying: "Isa po iyon sa mga dream roles ng mga artista."
"Para sa akin, kapag sinabi mong Panday, iyon ang tatak ng superhero ng Pilipino. Kung mayroon po silang Superman, tayo po ay may Panday," he added.
Martin will join a handful of other actors who followed in Poe's footsteps and wielded Flavio's sword, namely Richard Gutierrez, Bong Revilla Jr., and Jericho Rosales.
The "Panday" movie will also mark Martin's directorial debut.
In a previous interview, Martin said he wants to venture into filmmaking having been inspired by Filipino greats such as Mike de Leon and Lino Brocka, stalwarts of the country's golden age of cinema back in the 1970s.