MANILA — “Flower of Evil,” the Philippine remake of the hit South Korean thriller, will premiere internationally via Viu, the streaming platform and producer ABS-CBN said announced on Friday.
The Viu original adaptation, which stars Piolo Pascual and Lovi Poe in their first series together, will stream episodes in 16 countries across Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa simultaneously, 48 hours ahead of its local television broadcast on ABS-CBN platforms.
The premiere date has yet to be announced.
The international debut of “Flower of Evil” marks the expanded partnership between Viu and ABS-CBN, following their previous collaboration on the ongoing teleserye “The Broken Marriage Vow,” which was made available on the streaming service.
Viu Philippines country manager Arianne Kader-Cu said the deal is a “testament to our commitment to bringing the best premium Asian entertainment to Viu-ers.”
“We are happy to work with ABS-CBN once again to bring the Philippine adaptation of ‘Flower of Evil’ to all of Viu’s 16 markets. This latest offering puts Filipino talent front and centre in the way we do storytelling, supported by a powerhouse cast and a world-class production team,” she said.
ABS-CBN Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory Vidanes, meanwhile, described the partnership as “a major milestone” for the company, the leading content provider in the Philippines.
“This is an opportunity for us to showcase excellent Filipino content and talent to the global audience in the 16 markets of Viu,” Vidanes said.
“Our local adaptation of the Korean hit love story ‘Flower of Evil,’ a compelling and powerful narrative on love for family, search for truth and justice, is the unanimous choice to open our regional partnership with Viu,” she added.
Like the original “Flower of Evil” from CJ ENM, the Philippine version follows a man, Jacob (Pascual), who changes his identity to hide a dark past, maintaining the disguise as he gets married and starts a family with his wife, Iris (Poe).
Jacob’s long con is threatened to be exposed, however, when Iris, a police detective, starts to investigate a murder case which leads to his past identity.
Directed by by Darnel Villaflor and Richard Arellano, “Flower of Evil” also stars Agot Isidro, Edu Manzano, Denise Laurel, Joross Gamboa, Joem Bascon, Epy Quizon, Rita Avila, Jett Pangan, Pinky Amador, Joko Diaz and JC de Vera.