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'Trese' creator on Netflix adaptation: A dream come true


It’s like a dream come true.

This is how Budjette Tan, creator of "Trese," described the Netflix anime adaptation of his hit graphic novel.

“To be able to share our stories and love of Philippine myth and folklore to the world is a dream come true.” Budjette Tan told GMA News Online on Facebook Meseenger.

The anime adaptation of "Trese" was announced during the inaugural content showcase of Netflix in Asia last week.

Netflix Director for International Original – Anime Taito Okiura said, "I am very happy to announce this project, which is 'Trese.' The story happens in Manila where mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding among humans.” 

“We are honored and we are very excited to bring this unique Pinoy story to global audience in anime artform on our global internet TV platform,” he added.

The journey of "Trese" to Netflix is eight years in the making. It started when Budjette met Tanya Yuson and Shanty Harmayn of BASE Entertainment.

“I met Tanya and Shanty eight years ago when they came to the Philippines looking to collaborate with new script writers and filmmakers. Someone recommended they meet with me. I showed them 'Trese'," Budjette shared.

He adds that ever since that meeting, they have been pitching the story of "Trese" to studios in the Philippines and abroad.

“They’ve worked hard in pitching and finding the right partners to adapt "Trese"… Finally the chance to pitch to Netflix came up and thankfully, they liked it.”

While there is no premiere date yet, Netflix announced that the production will be helmed by Jay Oliva who worked in various popular shows such as “Wonder Woman” and “The Legend of Korra.”

Aside from "Trese," 17 original Asian productions were also presented during the event including Korea’s “Kingdom” and India’s “Selection Day.” — LA, GMA News

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