by: Napoleon Quintos
Fresh from the box office success of Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To, Wenn Deramas is hard at work to finish the movie Who’s That Girl? with Anne Curtis and Luis Manzano. Once he’s done with this movie, he said is scheduled to take his a vacation, though he must return by the end of January in time for the first taping day of Vice Ganda’s follow-up solo movie.
Direk Wenn also revealed to Push.com.ph during the victory party of Tanging Ina that he has plans of co-producing another movie with his favorite star, Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai De Las Alas. Based on the working title, the project sounded like a spoof of the Hollywood box office film Avatar. “May niluluto kami ni Ai-Ai, sana ‘wag mahilaw. Kami ang producer. Gagawin namin ang Ai-Ai Vatar: Ang original Blue Baby,” the director said with a smile. But he clarified that nothing is yet final regarding this movie venture.
For now, Direk Wenn said he continues to work hard so as to take advantage of the blessings that God is giving him. After his Best Director win last year at the Metro Manila Film Festival, Direk Wenn might also be in the running for the Box Office Director award. But he said he would rather leave everything up to the Lord. “Katulad ng hindi ko page-expect ng Best Director Award from MMFF, hindi pa rin ako nage-expect na ako na makukuha ko na talaga ‘yung Box Office Director award. Noong 2010 ay talagang naging napaka blessed ko. Kung ibibigay sa akin ‘yung Box Office Director award, hindi ko tatanggihan. Sana lang ‘wag na akong mamura ulit, ha ha ha!” referring to the criticisms he got for winning as MMFF Best Director.
However, Direk Wenn might face tough competition for the Box Office Director award in the person of Cathy Garcia-Molina who also helmed a blockbuster movie last year, My Amnesia Girl top-billed by John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga. Direk Wenn immediately dismissed speculations of rivalry with Cathy who he considers a close friend. “Kung si Cathy ang manalo, papalakpak ako for her. Kung ako ang manalo, I’m sure papalakpak rin siya para sa akin. Ganun kami. Hindi ito showbiz, pero ang totoo kapag nagkakasama kami hindi namin pinag-uusapan ang trabaho. Bilang matagal na kaming magkasama sa industriya. Magkasama kami dito sa ABS-CBN at Star Cinema kaya nagrerespetuhan kami.”