New movie for 'Kita Kita' stars being planned
"Kita Kita" exceeded all expectations at the local box office when it was released last week. And for its star Alessandra de Rossi, credit should go to her undeniable chemistry with co-star Empoy Marquez.
The romantic flick, made with only a P10 million budget, took in P100 million after eight days, despite stiff competition from Hollywood offerings such as "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Dunkirk," and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets."
The glowing reviews, with many noting the perfect casting of Marquez and De Rossi as the film's odd couple, had translated to a strong turnout, resulting in "Kita Kita" bucking the trend of indie movies being taken out of cinemas due to poor sales.
As of Thursday, the movie is being shown in 150 screens nationwide, up from 120 screens just a day prior.
"Ang nababasa namin sa mga tweets namin, sa mga reviews ay iyong pagiging natural ng acting namin dalawa," De Rossi told Push, as she tried to explain her movie's success.
"Hindi ko na tatawaging acting iyon kasi hindi naman kami um-acting, parang pinuwesto lang iyong camera tapos nag-kwentuhan lang kami, so I think kaya masyadong naka-relate ‘yung mga tao kasi ang dating sa kanila ay totoong-totoo," she added.
"Kita Kita" focused on a Filipina who had lost her vision after her engagement with her Japanese boyfriend fell apart.
According to De Rossi, the success of "Kita Kita" has led to talks to have her and Marquez star in a new movie. She teased that producers want to shoot the new material in Iceland, having done "Kita Kita" in Japan.
"May naririnig akong chismis na Iceland ang next nating na gagawin so sana, sana. Bakit naman hindi? Pero iyon nga ang maganda sa amin ganito lang kami masaya lang," she shared.
It remains unclear, however, whether Spring Films, the independent production company co-owned by Piolo Pascual, will be producing the new film. Spring Films co-produced "Kita Kita."