'I'm Drunk, I Love You' director to helm BL series written by Juan Miguel Severo

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 29 2020 07:40 PM

MANILA — After the unrequited love of Carson for Dio, "I'm Drunk, I Love You" director JB Habac will next bring to life the story of Karl and Vlad.

Habac is on board as director of "Gaya sa Pelikula," an upcoming boys' love (BL) series written by Juan Miguel Severo ("Hintayan ng Langit"), producer Globe Studios ("LSS") announced over the weekend.

The college-set "Gaya sa Pelikula" tells the blooming romance between Karl, a freshman, and Vlad, an upperclassman. Its first few chapters are available on Wattpad.

"Gaya sa Pelikula" is the latest BL series to be locally produced following the massive success of "2gether" from Thailand, even among Filipino viewers.

Severo, in developing the project, earlier said they were specifically looking to cast queer actors in the roles of Karl and Vlad, anchored on the belief that LGBT actors can best lend truth to portraying LGBT characters.

Severo, however, later said that the undertaking has proven challenging due to "systemic homophobia" that discourages gay actors to pursue gay roles, for fear of being boxed or their personal lives scrutinized.