The stars are well aligned for Filipino director Mikhail Red.
Mikhail’s management company 3Arts Entertainment has announced the millennial filmmaker was picked up by Paradigm Talent Agency. Back in November, it was revealed he had gone to Hollywood to talk with major U.S. Studios like Paramount Pictures, Sony, Blumhouse, XYZ, and more.
"Mikhail Red, who is managed by 3Arts Entertainment, has recently signed with Paradigm Talent Agency, a major Hollywood agency," said Ari Lubet of 3Arts Entertainment.
Paradigm represents a long list of critically acclaimed directors, many of whom are foreign imports who did horror like Eerie and went on to do big franchises. Among the directors represented by Paradigm are James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, The Nun, Furious 7, Aquaman, Aquaman 2) and David Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creaton, Shazam, Shazam 2). Joko Anwar, the director of HBO’s Halfworlds 1, is also represented by Paradigm.
The prolific millennial filmmaker has been active in the Philippine movie industry for years: At the age of 15, Mikhail created his first feature-length film; at 21, he became the youngest director to participate in Cinemalaya. When he turned 26, Netflix bagged Mikhail’s Birdshot, a critically acclaimed film and also the Philippines’ lone entry to the 2018 Academy Awards. A year later, Mikhail’s Eerie premiered on Netflix to outstanding international acclaim (audiences called it the scariest movie of 2019). In the same year, Netflix bagged the rights to his film Dead Kids, which became the first Netflix Original from the Philippines.
Then, just before 2019 ended, Mikhail surprised everyone when HBO announced he would direct its Halfworlds 3, about engkantos at war with each other. The entire series will be shot in the Philippines with an all-Filipino cast.
With Paradigm representing Mikhail, it will be easier to land a project in a major Hollywood studio, especially since Paradigm will be sending Mikhail’s team U.S. open directing scripts to read, which are potential projects for the filmmaker.
But it could take a while before Mikhail actually helms a Hollywood project. After he selects which project he wants to pursue from the directing scripts sent to him, it will still be a long process before it hits the big screen. In the meantime, we await the release of his first genre film Block Z, the first large-scale zombie film in the Philippines. Block Z opens in theaters on January 29, 2020.
*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.