Indie Films Die Beautiful and Sleepless Are Getting TV Spin-Offs

Plus more from your favorite Pinoy indie filmmakers!


( We're at the point where Filipino independent cinema is truly thriving, with film festivals cropping up left and right, and unique stories are constantly being told. The same couldn't be said, however, for local television. Of course, there have been a handful of truly compelling TV series over the yearswith Erik Matti's upcoming On The Job miniseries also on the waybut now, we have even more reason to tune in to our TV sets.


The IdeaFirst Company, led by award-winning filmmakers Jun Lana and Perci Intalan, will be producing new original shows that will be aired on Cignal Entertainment very soon. So far, four have been officially announced, and they feature some of the best and most promising names from the indie film industry.


Here's what we know so far:




Born Beautiful

Number of episodes: 12

Stars: Christian Bables


Everyone's favorite BFF is back! Breakout star Christian Bables will reprise his award-winning role, and the show will be set after Trisha's (Paolo Ballesteros) death in 2016's Die Beautiful. It will depict Barbs' new job as the makeup artist in the funeral parlor that held Trisha's colorful wake. The film's original director, Jun Lana, will be helming the show alongside Perci Intalan.


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Sleepless: The Series

Number of episodes: 12

Stars: Albie Casino, Mara Lopez, Shaira Mae, Trina Legaspi, Acey Aguilar, and Martin Escudero


Originally a QCinema 2015 entry, this other breakout hit is also getting its own spin-off. It will still be directed by Prime Cruz and will follow the stories of six lonely people in search of connections in the wee hours of the Metro.




Feels Like Forever

Number of episodes: 12

Stars: TBA


For your dose of relatable kilig and laughs, this anthology series will tackle love and the many things that can happen within just 24 hours. Even more exciting, the show is created by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita and Kita Kita) and Ivan Payawal (I America).



The Orbiters

Number of episodes: 12

Stars: Cedrick Juan, Malak So, Bob Jbeili, and Victor Anastacio (yes, the guy from the viral Manulife commercial)


Created by Miko Livelo (I Love You to Death) and Dominic Lim (The Write Moment), this quirky and promising show follows three guys whose lives revolve around a pretty girl.


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