10 Film Classics Worth Remaking by Today's Celebrities

Can you imagine Vice Ganda in Phillip Salvador's role in Bona? Or Anne Curtis as Sister Stella L.? Read on.


(SPOT.ph) It's been a good many years now that the teleseryes have been retooling the classic Pinoy melodramas, in some cases coopting only their titles and revising their material altogether. And movies like Bekikang and When the Love Has Gone have also been remaking the melodrama canon. So we at SPOT.ph thought of holding our own story conference, and we came up with 10 recommendations for the showbiz industry to consider, including some offbeat casting choices. This is all in the spirit of fun, of course. Here are 10 film classics worth remaking by today's celebrities.


This list is not ranked.



1. Derek Ramsay and John Lloyd Cruz for Mahinhin vs. Mahinhin (Danny Zialcita, 1981)

The late great film director Danny Zialcita, during his heyday, played around with the gay stereotype, often with brilliant and also politically incorrect results. The real stroke of genius behind this endeavor was his casting two of the most tunay na lalake actors of the '70s and '80s-Dindo Fernando and Ronaldo Valdez-in flamboyant gay roles. Mahinhin vs. Mahinhin (see this video clip) was a highlight of Zialcita's gay-themed comedies. It would be great if this film were remade, this time with John Lloyd Cruz (say, in Dindo Fernando's role) and Derek Ramsay, whose macho persona closely matches that of Ronaldo Valdez. John Lloyd Cruz has already attempted a gay role in In My Life. Derek, on the other hand, has expressed a desire to branch out in his acting, and this should be the perfect opportunity to come out, so to speak, as a really versatile actor.



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2. Coco Martin for Aguila (Eddie Romero, 1980)

He always looked good in camisa chino, and there was always an FPJ element in his mainstream work, especially the seryes Juan de la Cruz and Ikaw Lamang. His considerable body of independent films adds prestige to his persona, so why not have Coco Martin essay the complex role of FPJ's introspective patriarch in this classic historical drama? Check out this video and imagine Coco filling the large shoes of The King.




3. Maja Salvador and Daniel Padilla for Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising (Mike de Leon, 1977)

Are we already going too far in our cinematic sacrilege? But consider our choices for a second. We think Daniel would do fine in Christopher de Leon's role as the enchanted college boy who takes his sweet time growing up. It's a singing part too, and Daniel, after all, is the current OPM prince, going by the recent honor by pep.ph. We can't select Kathryn Bernardo for the Hilda Koronel part because it's an older-woman role. But Maja Salvador probably matches the aura for that part. Check out 3:40 of this video and imagine Maja and Daniel in that picnic scene. (Also check out SPOT.ph's retro review.)



4. Kathryn Bernardo and Vice Ganda for Bona (Lino Brocka, 1980)

This is where Kathryn Bernardo's charming simplicity would probably find its perfect fit, and we don't think we're getting more sacrilegious to Nora than Eugene Domingo's performance in this film's stage version. And how about Vice Ganda in Phillip Salvador's macho role as the raging bit player? Vice has a lovely form too. And Philippine showbiz has been casting too many tough guys in gay parts, even this list is guilty of such in-the-box casting that, for once, we thought of going the opposite direction with this entry. Imagine Vice Ganda in Phillip's place in this trailer.




5. Eugene Domingo for Karnal (Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1983)

Charito Solis' small part as the narrator of her family's gothic tragedy is so eerie and electrifying that it won her an Urian-proof that greatness is best appreciated in small servings. It would be hard for any actress to top that, but we think the highly versatile Eugene Domingo can pull it off, if the industry has the nerve to remake this Marilou Diaz-Abaya masterpiece. Check out this video for a glimpse of subtle horror.



6. Kris Aquino for Madrasta (Olivia Lamasan, 1996)

Kris Aquino as Sharon Cuneta should be the easiest recasting in this list. By now, we trust that she can level up to Sharon's masterful nuances in melodrama acting, especially when it comes to cathartic moments like the scene that starts off this montage. And how about Baron Geisler in Christopher de Leon's place? Yes.



7. Julia Montes and Carla Abellana for Nagbabagang Luha (Ishmael Bernal, 1988)

This flamboyant melodrama by the late great Ishmael Bernal is a highlight of the film work of Lorna Tolentino. Who can match LT's exquisite rage, as the wronged woman who turns out to be equally adept in perfidy? (Check out this scene.) Carla Abellana's dress rehearsal in My Husband's Lover should entitle her to that part. And the role of Alice Dixson-then a rising star, like Julia Montes now, when this film was made-should be an easy one for Julia.




8. Sarah Geronimo and Dingdong Dantes for Soltera (Jerry Lopez Sineneng, 1999)

Sarah Geronimo might be a tad too young for this striking role which further secured Marya's place in cinema. But her setbacks in romance should qualify the Pop Princess for this part. And Raymond Bagatsing as the gay best friend reminds us that it's time for Dingdong Dantes to shine in this area too-the way Baron Geisler did in Jay and John Regala in his small part in Zombadings. Fancy Dingdong and Sarah in this scene.




9. Anne Curtis for Sister Stella L. (Mike de Leon, 1984)

Anne Curtis as Vilma's iconic nun? What blasphemy! But remember, there was some skepticism too about Vilma's taking this role, in the light of her "liberated woman" image, as the Star for All Seasons herself puts it in hindsight. But does Anne have the acting range for this now-classic role, especially in this scene? It'd be fun to watch her try. Go girl, carry 'yan.



10. Richard Yap and Piolo Pascual for Tubog sa Ginto (Lino Brocka, 1971)

Eddie Garcia and Mario O'Hara were so radical in their performances that it would be hard to remake this pioneering gay-themed film (42 years before My Husband's Lover ) in the context of today's showbiz talents. But like Eddie Garcia-who frequently contradicted his ladies' man persona with his gay roles-Richard Yap, we believe, has the acting chops to throw away his aura of quiet integrity by portraying Manoy's closeted family man in this Brocka masterpiece. Papa P is, of course, widely commended for his acting by now, and essaying O'Hara's role as the gay lover should take him a step further in affirming his versatility.

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