iflix commissions first Malaysian original drama series Kl Gangster: Underworld
By Digital News Asia December 6, 2017
- iflix’s second Asian drama series commissioned after Indonesia’s Magic Hour
- Scheduled to premier mid-2018 exclusively on iflix’s platform globally
IFLIX, an entertainment service for emerging markets, announced the imminent launch of its first original drama series in Malaysia, KL Gangster: Underworld.
The six-part drama series will be shot entirely in Malaysia and expands iflix’s portfolio of original content.
From the makers of franchises KL Gangster, Munafik and Abang Long Fadil, KL Gangster: Underworld is a spinoff of Skop Productions’ iconic films KL Gangster 1 and KL Gangster 2 and is helmed by directors Syafiq Yusof (Abang Long Fadil 1 & 2) and Faisal Ishak (Juvana). Written by Nazri Vovinski Annuar and produced by Yusof Haslam and Syamin Yusof, KL Gangster: Underworld is scheduled to premier mid-2018 exclusively on iflix’s platform globally.
The story begins soon after the events in KL Gangster 1 - with feuding gangs in disarray, their ringleaders either behind bars or dead. In this power vacuum, one mysterious gang member decides to make a break from his life of crime, until developments threaten to lure him back. Meanwhile, a new and powerful threat is emerging, one that could herald a new age for the KL Gangsters.
iflix global director of Original Programming, Mark Francis said: “We are incredibly excited to partner with Malaysia’s leading independent studio, Skop, creator of so many of the country’s biggest box office hits. It is our aim to offer iflix viewers a new breed of local drama whilst pushing creative boundaries through our Originals.
“The KL Gangster films set-up the perfect foundation for the series to launch from, with fresh twists and surprises for both fans and newcomers alike...expect to see edgier, grittier action sequences, more realistic true crime themes such as human trafficking, and of course, more larger-than life characters!”
Skop Productions group chairman and chief executive officer, Yusof Haslam said: “We are proud to have this opportunity to collaborate with iflix in creating quality local content such as KL Gangster: Underworld, iflix’s first drama series in Malaysia.
“This collaboration is a much-needed catalyst in exploring new avenues for the Malaysian film industry.”