In its endeavor to continuously deliver quality content and excellence in the local entertainment industry, ABS-CBN will act as line producer for respected Hollywood filmmakers in the upcoming TV series “Off Tropic.”
On Friday, September 20, the Kapamilya Network put up a grand red carpet welcome for Dean Devlin, a Filipino-American former Hollywood actor and veteran filmmaker who’s also the founder and CEO of the production company Electric Entertainment, renowned film producer Mr. Steve Lee, acclaimed cinematographer Mr. Francis Dela Torre, and well-known American actor-musician Christian Kane, who will be headlining the said series.
During the contract signing event attended by the Electric Entertainment team and ABS-CBN bosses Chairman Mark Lopez, President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory Vidanes and ABS-CBN Head of scripted and narrative programs and international scripted formats and co-production division Ruel Bayani, it was revealed that “Off Tropic” is only the first among the several upcoming collaborations of the network with various production companies in Southeast Asia, United States, and Europe.
Dean also willingly disclosed that what actually compelled him to tie up with Pinoy filmmakers is his Filipino lineage. In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News’ Gretchen Fullido, he imparted that the family of his mom, Hollywood Fil-Am actress Pilar Seurat, is from Iloilo. By acknowledging his Pinoy lineage, his interest towards the Philippine entertainment industry grew and he began watching some local films. He is impressed by “the quality, the artistry and the acting” and is amazed of the thriving culture of the country, which made him think that “the world needs to see this”. Thus, their tie up with the Philippines' number 1 network was established.
With why Electric Entertainment decided to forge partnership with ABS-CBN, the veteran filmmaker said that he has perceived it as “instrumental in developing talents”.
Further details about the series remain confidential, but as of now, Dean Devlin and his team are here in Manila to finalize the casting and scout feasible shooting locations in Cebu and are scheduled to fly back to the US on Sunday. As per Direk Ruel, the said province was chosen because it perfectly suits the setting required by the script – “a tropical paradise, but at the same time, there’s a city or a metropolis.”
While the lead actor is already introduced, the other cast of the show are yet to be announced. A gorgeous and talented Kapamilya actress will surely snag the role of Christian Kane’s leading lady, while several Kapamilya actors are also going to be hired to play supporting roles.
Upon finalization of the line-up, the whole cast of this exciting project will be revealed and Christian will come back here in November 2019 to film the series until March 2020. Meanwhile, ABS-CBN already assembled a team in Cebu to work on this project.
According to Dean, “Off Tropic” will follow the story of an agent who has a nervous breakdown and is advised by his doctors to rest and unwind by finding a place where he can live stress-free. He would decide to reside in a place he remembers from his vague memory, specifically at a serene beach that he saw twenty years ago. However, when he gets there, he finds out the place was actually not peaceful like how he remembered it since it’s already commercialized. But still, he finds himself drawn into the drama he would discover in the tropical paradise.
As the co-writer of the narrative and the director of its final episode, he conveyed that the program, which will be aired in the US via WGN America, is going to be explosions and gunfires comparable to the American series Leverage, which he co-produced and directed under Electric Entertainment from 2008 to 2012.
Prior to “Off Tropic,” Dean Devlin, whose father is Hollywood actor and screenwriter-producer Don Devlin, has a wide array of movies and series he wrote, produced, and directed under his belt.
His screenwriting debut was through the 1992 science fiction-action film “Universal Soldier” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. It was succeeded by a slew of writer-producer gigs for “Stargate” (1994), “Independence Day” (1996), “Godzilla” (1998), and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” and producer stints for “The Patriot (2000),” “Eight-Legged Freaks” (2002), “Cellular” (2004), and “Flyboys” (2006).
He had his directorial debut in 2017 via the sci-fi disaster flick “Geostorm,” which he also co-wrote and co-produced, and was followed by the 2018 horror-thriller film “Bad Samaritan,” which he co-produced as well.
Furthermore, Dean was also one of the people behind TV series “The Visitor” (1997-1998), “The Triangle” miniseries (2005), “Leverage” (2008-2012), “The Librarians” (2014-2018), and “The Outpost” (2018-Present).