Erik Matti teases ‘On the Job 2: The Missing 8’ in post-production
The sequel of director Erik Matti’s critically-acclaimed 2013 hit “On the Job” has a much-awaited follow-up.
Matti shared producer Steve Vesagas’ sneak peek into what appears to be the sequel’s production process, which the latter posted on Instagram last Sunday, Jan. 19.
“Let’s do this,” Vesagas said in his post.
The snippet shows a title card, dated Jan. 8, 2020, of the much-awaited sequel called “On the Job: The Missing 8”. It was labeled as a copy for Vesagas and film composer Erwin Romulo, who was also part of the first film.
Audio post-production house Hit Productions and film composer Malek Lopez, who worked in Matti’s 2018 action-thriller “BuyBust”, appear to also be involved in the sequel’s production as they were tagged in the post.
Matti’s spouse, Filipino-Japanese screenwriter Michiko Yamamoto, returned for the film’s second installation to pen its screenplay.
Although Matti has yet to announce a release date, “On the Job: The Missing 8” may be close to completion as the director said in an Instagram post on Dec. 19 that they were only “five days away from finally completing this epic.”
“This might turn out to be my longest film ever both in production length and in running time,” Matti said. “But with a script as compelling as @michikuda’s (Yamamoto’s), I think it’s all gonna be worth it.”
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I can’t eat. I can’t entertain set visits. I can’t think of other projects or deal with any other concerns that has nothing to do with the movie at hand. Others can take Starbucks breaks. Get lunch breaks in fancy restaurants outside of the set. Some drink wine while shooting. I can’t. I usually don’t sleep the night before a shoot. I rarely eat on the set. I only eat when I know everything is in place. I ask for food that wont need spoons and forks. Something that can be eaten on the fly. Which means a lot of junk food and boiled eggs. In my system I have what many would call a sounding board. In my case, someone to keep me entertained. Gossip, life stories, showbiz updates, jokes, anecdotes. I can’t be alone working. I think best inside a noisy room looking at people talking. Some or even most stories have been told over and over again but it still works. Like in life, I can’t seem to function alone. I’ve packed up and walked out on so many shoots because I was alone and was bogged down by a lot of paranoia and anxiety. I rarely take naps or sleep on the set. I get disoriented when I wake up. I always feel like I’ve been unprofessional and have slackened at work. I feel embarassed. I always feel I’m not doing enough. If I picture a scene very simply, even if it should be that, I sometimes feel it’s lazy work and I didn’t think of it enough creatively. I used to be very hands-on constantly bugging every department just to assure myself that nothing is left to chance. I am lucky to have been able to mold my team to collaborate more and understand the creative process for our movies. Now, I feel I am really a director. My staff can mount a scene, big or small, with stunts or without, with bombs and knives, without the annoyance of me being a back-seat driver. Thank you everyone! It’s been two years (again) for #OnTheJob2 #TheMissing8 and we’re five days away from finally completing this epic. This might turn out to be my longest film ever both in production length and in running time. But with a script as compelling as @michikuda’s, I think it’s all gonna be worth it. Photo taken by our new bts @jaibunso.
In the same post, Matti opened up about his struggles on the making of the sequel, as well as filmmaking in general, which includes not being able to eat or sleep well, and not being able to function properly as a director due to “paranoia and anxiety.”
In the end, however, he said he is fortunate for having been able to mold a team that can “collaborate more and understand the creative process for our movies.”
Matti originally planned to create an “On the Job” online series as a follow-up to the first film, but then decided to make a full-length sequel instead. “On the Job 2” was first set to be released in June 2019, and was supposed to be followed by a five-part series. For undisclosed reasons, the plans were postponed.
Matti previously teased the return of Joel Torre’s “Tatang”, but an official list of the cast has yet to be released. Actors Dennis Trillo, John Arcilla, Christopher de Leon, Soliman Cruz, Dante Rivero, Vandolph Quizon, Rayver Cruz, William Martinez, Ricky Davao, Ina Feleo, Isabelle De Leon and Andrea Brillantes have been teased to have roles in the film.
Matti previously gave fans a peek of a few seconds of the sequel last September 2019, which showed a bloodied Cruz running away from someone.
Matti’s first “On the Job” film follows the tale of two prisoners, Tatang (Torre) and Daniel (Gerald Anderson), who were hired by corrupt politicians to do their killing for them. NVG
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