Netflix picks up its first original series from the Philippines, as it tries to make good on its promise of producing 700 original projects in 2018.
The streaming giant announced today that it has picked up Brillante Mendoza’s (pictured) drug war show “AMO,” which it plans to roll out worldwide on April 9, 2018. The series was produced by Filipino television network TV5, and directed by Mendoza.
The show, which stars Vince Rillon, follows a high school student who starts out as a small-time peddler, but soon gets mixed up in the violent and dangerous circle of drug lords, crooked cops, and corrupt government officials.
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“The great thing about this new development is that we can now expand our audience for Filipino movies and TV series,” Mendoza said in a recent interview with the Inquirer. “Foreign viewers will get acquainted with our stories and culture on a different platform—beyond the film festival circuit.”
Mendoza is credited for being one of the best known film directors in the Philippines. His work includes “Service,” “Kinatay” and “Thy Womb.”
“We are excited to finally be able to share AMO with everyone. Brillante has done a beautiful job in bringing paper to life, and the show’s acquisition provides an additional platform to help share the first-ever Filipino series on Netflix to a worldwide audience,” said TV5 President & CEO, Chot Reyes, in a statement.