23 Sep – Director and producer Adrian Teh is unperturbed by the fact that his latest movie, "Pasal Kau!", will not be screened in cinemas like initially planned – as the nation is still battling the COVID-19 pandemic – and believes that there is a silver lining to this.
Good news followed suit when he was contacted by popular streaming platform Netflix, who wanted to turn the romantic comedy film into a Netflix original.
"According to initial planning, I had wanted to release the movie in cinemas. But because of COVID-19, the plan had to be momentarily postponed. Even though cinemas have been given the green light to operate, but it must be according to strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
"However, I am grateful and happy when Netflix contacted me and offered to screen "Pasal Kau!" as a Netflix original," he said.
He added that this was a very valuable opportunity for him as his movie can now be watched not only by viewers in Malaysia but also in other countries.
Talking more about the movie, Adrian said that the original idea for it was from the lead actor himself, Hairul Azreen.
"The idea for the movie is actually Hairul's. On our flight to Jakarta for the premiere of "Wira" in Indonesia, Hairul gave the idea to me to make a movie based on his experience working as a hotel staff."
After returning to Malaysia, Adrian and a scriptwriter begun working on the script and completed it within only six weeks.
"Pasal Kau!" features almost all the original actors from "Paskal The Movie" and "Wira", plus new addition Janna Nick as one of the main characters.
Adrian's reason for using the same cast is to show a different side of theirs, from acting in action movies to a romantic comedy instead.
Apart from Hairul Azreen and Janna Nick, the movie also stars Namron, Amerul Affendi, Henley Hii, Taufiq Hanafi, Theeban G, Josiah Hogan and more.
"Pasal Kau!" will begin streaming on Netflix from this 1 October.