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Globe Studios and Mikhail Red team up for the youth thriller Dead Kids

Globe Studios—the trailblazing entertainment company that brought us the breathtaking films All of You, Hintayan ng Langit, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, —and visionary filmmaker Mikhail “Mik” Red have announced their newest collaboration: the youth thriller Dead Kids.

This is the second time that the two major industry players are teaming up; the first being 2016’s Birdshot, a co-production with TBA Studios, which earned for Red a Best Asian Future Film Award at the 29th. Tokyo International Film Festival. Birdshot is also the first Filipino film to be made available on Netflix worldwide.

Dead Kids is set in an exclusive high school, documenting the frustrations and complexities of Gen Z. It is a tale of suspense told with doses of comedy, sexiness, romance, heart-pounding action and trending topics. The screenplay, written by Mikhail’s brother, Nikolas Red, is loosely based on a real kidnapping done by a group of students.

For the 27 year-old filmmaker, Dead Kids is an “achievement unlocked.” He says, “I wanted to expose the entitlement and insecurities of a generation growing up in a country of extreme social disparity…”

This new project is Red’s fifth full-length feature and is a letter to his contemporaries. “For me, Dead Kids is a story of lives running wild yet cut short with their potentials unfulfilled. It is a crime story in the age of social media and a bleak vision of the Filipino youth’s psyche; a commentary on the youth’s views on age story, and a cautionary tale for the builders of our future.”

Initial news about the film quickly generated buzz within the showbiz circle so much so that many young stars wanted to try out and obtain a role. After a series of deliberations, those who made the cut include Khalil Ramos, Kelvin Miranda, Gabby Padilla, Vance Larena, Jan Silverio, Markus Paterson and Sue Ramirez. With the exception of Paterson and Ramirez, everyone mentioned went through an audition.

Pre-production for Dead Kids has begun. Principal photography is set to begin in February 2019.

Globe Studios Head Quark Henares says, “When Mik called to offer Dead Kids, I gave the go signal script unread. I really do believe that he is a unique voice who does genre work that unflinchingly represents his generation. We are excited to work with Mikhail Red again, and for his first youth-oriented film at that. Plus, the cast is first class, featuring both exciting new voices and up-and-comers who’ve proved their mettle. In 2018, Globe Studios was part of some really amazing films and shows. With Dead Kids kicking off 2019, our year in cinema is off to a great start!”

More good news: The Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) recently announced that it has chosen Globe Studios and Mikhail Red’s The Grandstand in its lineup. The film, loosely based on the 2010 Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis is one of only 23 projects vying for international partnerships at the prestigious film market to be held in Hong Kong from March 18-20, 2019.

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