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3 Reasons Why You Should Watch On The Job Series On HBO Go

The six-part series by Erik Matti airs this September 12.

In 2013, movie fans were treated to On The Job (OTJ), the gritty action thriller about two hit men (Joel Torre and Gerald Anderson) routinely released from prison to execute politically motivated murders.

Written and directed by Erik Matti, the film scored an impressive 94 percent in Rotten Tomatoes, and bagged a number of accolades. Screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it took home the Jury Prize and a Best Actor Award for Joel Torre in the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Locally, OTJ won six of its 12 Famas Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Story. 

Efforts to follow up OTJ with a sequel in 2018 stalled when Direk Erik focused on making the horror film Kuwaresma. But fans of the original have something to look forward to this September as a six-part series is set to air in HBO Go.

Here are three things you should know about the highly anticipated project:

On The Job Series: It’s a director’s cut.

Photo from Erik Matti Instagram

The series is based on unused footage from the original film.

“We brought back several plotlines that I’ve written into the original script that slowed down the main plot when it was just a movie,” said Direk Erik on Instagram. “Now that it’s a series we can now explore as many plotlines as we can so we were able to close the @andersongeraldjr relationship story with @dawnjimenezb. We’ve also brought back the father-son angle of @tsong_marquez and @1migueldeguzman we even was able to push the father issue and the political ambition of @piolo_pascual with additional scenes that I’ve uncovered in the old material.”

On The Job Series: It touches on familiar and new themes.

According to a report, the series is still about politician-led crime syndicates and the assassinations meted out by temporarily released inmates.

But it’s also about “fake news and how easily truth can be manufactured and disseminated to the public in today’s age of information.”

On The Job Series: Portions will appear in an international film fest.

Photo from 78th Venice Film Festival

The 78th Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 1 to 11, will premiere On The Job: The Missing 8, select episodes from the upcoming series. It stars John Arcilla, Dennis Trillo, and Dante Rivero, and is the only entry from the Philippines competing in the full-length feature film category.

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