Wapakman, Kung-Fu Hustle Wannabe?Category: Entertainment
In the third episode of HBO’s Pacquiao-Cotto 24/7, Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming movie titled “Wapakman” was mentioned.
Jimmy Kimmel even showed the audience a mini-poster of the movie when Manny guested on his TV show live on ABC last November3.
Wapakman is a science fiction comedy movie which topbills Filipino boxing great Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
It is about Magno, a father with 5 children but was left behind by his wife Magda to work as a nurse in Italy. Contrary to popular belief, it is Rufa Mae Quinto who plays as her leading lady and not Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls. She was Manny’s first choice but due to conflict in schedule, she begged off from doing the movie.
When Magno was knocked unconscious by an explosion caused by Walo-walo, an organic substance which stores energy that is almost as powerful as a nuclear energy, he wakes up with superpowers.
He assumes the superhero identity of Wapakman. WWE wrestler Dave Batista plays as a yet to be named villain.
After watching the Wapakman movie trailers, I sense that this movie will be an eye-candy with all the special effects involved. It reminded me of Kung-Fu Hustle. I think this is a must see as his previous movies are cheap B-rated ones.
Watch the trailers below and let me know what you think.
The movie is one of the official entries for the Metro Manila Film Festival but reports say it may be banned from the festival once the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issues a ruling banning political candidates from the entertainment industry from appearing in the movies. Manny Pacquiao is vent on running for a congressional seat in Sarangani in next year’s election.
Wapakman is directed by Topel Lee and will be shown on Philippine cinemas on December 25, 2009.