Mediaworks is making a first in Philippine cinema with the production of “GG (Good Game): The Movie” and its monumental release on January 24 as distributed by ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. (Star Cinema).
Delve into the riveting realm of competitive barkada gaming like never before, all set against the backdrop of a challenging family environment.
Headlined by sought-after actor Donny Pangilinan — who currently leads the hit Kapamilya series “Can’t Buy Me Love” opposite the other half of the #DonBelle tandem, Belle Mariano — this marks the debut of Mediaworks in the filmmaking arena featuring Donny in a whole new character stretching his acting abilities even further.
“GG” writer-director Prime Cruz infuses his touch, drawing from his acclaimed portfolio that includes titles like “Sleepless” (2015); “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B” (2016), which garnered him the Best Director award at the QCinema Independent Film Festival; and “Isa Pa with Feelings” (2019).
Steering this groundbreaking venture is the talented Hannah Pangilinan, making her mark as a creative producer and co-writer.
What amplifies the excitement surrounding this new release is the authentic casting choice, as Donny’s real-life mother, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, portrays his mother in “GG The Movie.” This genuine on-screen dynamic adds a layer of authenticity and emotional depth to their performances, promising audiences an even more compelling viewing experience.
Reflecting on his involvement in this adrenaline-filled project, Donny shares, “It’s a thrilling feeling, knowing that something in the works for quite some time will now be shown nationwide. ‘GG’ is a project that hits very close to home, mainly because I have the honor of acting alongside my mother. The esports aspect, as well as having the Tokwa’t Bad Bois (TBB) barkada make this a dream collaboration for me and all involved.”
Donny’s on-screen synergy with Maricel further elevates the emotional resonance of GG. She states, “Welcoming the New Year with ‘GG’ feels like an answered prayer.
“Working alongside my son, Donny, and our Executive Producer like Anthony Pangilinan and Hannah has been a privilege.”
She acknowledges the invaluable collaboration with esteemed partners such as Create Cinema, Media Quest, Star Cinema, Star Magic, their director Prime Cruz, among others.
Maricel also emphasizes, “GG or Good Game is not just for families; it’s for the esports community as well, guided by our friends of Metasports, our gaming consultants, along with the Philippines Esports Organization.”
GG is blessed to be supported by amazing cameos including Kuya Kim Atienza, Bigboy Cheng, Ragnarok Legend Jake San Diego, Jake Ejercito, Nicole Borromeo, Anthony Pangilinan, and John Arcilla. Gaming industry practitioners also participated to add authenticity to the esports project.
Multi-awarded singer Moira dela Torre performs the film’s theme song — a special treat only to be experienced when the movie rolls out in theaters January 24.