Angga Dwimas Sasongko. (JG Photo/Lisa Siregar)

Director Angga Sasongko Tests Action Chops in 'Lelawa,' 'Wiro Sableng 212'


FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Jakarta. "Buka'an 8" will be the last comedy flick director Angga Dwimas Sasongko will helm for a while, with his plate full for the next couple of years making action flicks "Lelawa" (Bats) and "Wiro Sableng 212" (212 Warrior).

Angga, the chief executive of production house Visinema Pictures, is already busy with pre-production for Lelawa, a plane hijack drama based on the true story of a Garuda Indonesia plane hijacked by Muslim extremists in Thailand in 1981.

Lelawa is short for "kelelawar," the Indonesian word for a bat, and was also the code name for the Indonesian special forces Kopassus who worked with other special forces from Germany, Israel and Singapore to free the hostages and kill the hijackers.

Produced by Visinema, Lelawa will be Angga's feature action debut. It will also feature Buka'an 8 actor Chicco Jerikho and scriptwriter Salman Aristo.

"We plan to start filming in April, then production will take up a few months. After that, Wiro Sableng. The only one of my upcoming projects not produced by Visinema," Angga said.

Wiro Sableng 212 will be the first Indonesian feature from Fox International Production. It will be co-produced by Sheila "Lala" Timothy from Lifelike Pictures.

Wiro Sableng is the iconic hero of a series of martial arts dime novels, known as "cersil," by Bastian Tito, who carries the magic double-headed "Fire Dragon Axe" and has the number 212 tattooed on his chest.

Before his death in 2006, Bastian had published 185 Wiro Sableng novels and the larger-than-life hero in the Fox International Production caper will be played by his son, actor Vino G. Bastian.

Vino's wife and Sheila's sister, actor Marsha Timothy, will also join the 212 Warrior cast. The screenplay, adapted from the novels, was written by Sheila, Tumpal Tampubolon and Seno Gumira Ajidarma.

Angga's next projects after the Wiro Sableng movie will be a so-far untitled heist movie and another action movie starring Julie Estelle.

He is also preparing the screen adaptation of "Supernova: Akar" (Supernova: Root), the second installment in the movie adaptations of Dewi "Dee" Lestari's Supernova novels.

Supernova: Akar will follow the story of Bodhi, an ex-monk with a special gift who leaves the temple he grew up in to embark on a spiritual journey to find himself.

The adapted screenplay is currently being written by Irfan "Ipang" Ramli, who scripted "Cahaya dari Timur: Beta Maluku" (Lights from the East: I am Maluku) and "Surat dari Praha" (Letters from Prague).

"It will be fun to make Akar the movie into something trippy, like Doctor Strange," Ipang said.