MANILA -- With the box office success of "A Second Chance," are lead stars John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo open to do yet another sequel to their 2007 film "One More Chance"?
Alonzo said she is willing to do a third movie -- but not immediately.
“Siyempre gusto kong magkaroon ng third installment itong story ni Popoy at Basha," she said at a blogger's conference on Wednesday. "Kung gugustuhin ko man magkaroon ng third chance, siguro mga eight years from now, or 10 years. Kagaya nitong nangyari sa sequel, hindi ba? Siguro iba na ‘yung pagdadaanan nila noon and siguro mas matured na kami, mas matatanda na kami.”
For his part, Cruz said he is also open to play Popoy for a third time.
“Parang mahirap namang ipagkait, especially kapag meron na siyang audience at parang talagang mayroon na tayong Popoy at Basha sa horizon. Kung deserving pa, kung meron pang material na deserving at kung papayag pa sila na magsulat at kung okay pa si Direk (Cathy Garcia-Molina), why not? Ako kasi lagi kong sinasabi kwento muna, ano ang pupuntahan natin.”
"A Second Chance" has already earned P325 million in just one week -- a figure that surprised both Cruz and Alonzo.
"It's overwhelming. Parang mahirap maniwala agad, nakakalula but we’re very, very happy na tinanggap siya ng tao na ganito. We’re very happy na hindi nagkamali ang lahat sa paggawa ng sequel na ito,” Alonzo said.
Cruz admitted he was even "skeptical" about the sequel.
“Nagulat talaga kami kasi it’s a very different story to tell," he said. "Ako, especially noong natapos na, very skeptical sa magiging reaksyon ng audience kasi hindi ito ‘yung glossy Star Cinema film na usually napapanood mo or puwede mong asahan. And, kung alam niyo lang ‘yung naging process ng lahat sa paggawa nito, ay talagang kakabahan ka. It was a very personal process para sa aming lahat."
"Kung ano ang mangyari pa, ako okay na ako," Cruz continued. "Ikinagulat ko kung ano man ang success na tinatama niya not because I have a little faith in the film but it was a challenging story to tell the audience. Ako talaga I'm quite impress with the turnout, especially sa audience kasi 'yun ang worry namin -- kung maiintindihan ba nila or magugustuhan ba nila.
"It's so unbelievable, 'di ako makapaniwala. Amazing!"
After "A Second Chance," Alonzo and Cruz will be doing separate projects for 2016.
But first, Cruz said he will be busy promoting his Metro Manila Film Festival entry "Honor Thy Father," while Alonzo is excited to spend Christmas with her family.