Producer envied for making many films


By ZIEMAN
  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Jul 2003

BY ZIEMAN

PETALING JAYA: Comments that he churns out films like “cooking instant noodles” have not deterred David Teo from producing more local movies.  

“I am not trying to monopolise the film industry but to learn the trade and hope to gain some knowledge and experience,” said the Metrowealth International group chief executive officer. 

“With this experience, I can do my own research on the film market and study the viewers’ interest for my future reference,” he added. 

Teo had commissioned Prof Madya Razak Mohaideen to direct six movies released this year – Jutawan Fakir, Cinta Kolestrol, Kuliah Cinta, Tangkai Jering, Hingga Hujung Nyawa and Mistik2

His big plan is to produce two joint-venture films with producers from Hong Kong and Thailand next year. He is hoping to cast either Andy Lau or Tony Cheung in the Hong Kong-Malaysian movie, which will be an action-romance flick. 

“It’s an ambitious project. That’s why we need a year to do the ground work and make sure everything goes as planned. The pre-production work will start as soon as we seal the deal with our Hong Kong counterpart.  

“The Thailand-Malaysian joint-venture will also be a big surprise as this will be the first time we are fielding big names from both countries,” said Teo. 

These joint-venture movies, he added, were big-budgeted movies that would cost between RM5mil to RM10mil. 

“It’s a lot of money and the investment is rather risky because it concerns two parties. If the movies failed, it will also affect our company’s reputation which we have worked so hard to build,” said the Johore-born producer.  

In the meantime, the suspense-thriller Mistik, which collected RM2.5mil at the box office will soon be making its way to Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong if a deal with a Hollywood-based company which distributes movies to Asian countries, goes through. 

The productive and enterprising 38-year-old producer has also ventured into the cinema market when he bought over three cinemas – KJ Cineplex in Kajang, Alor Star Cineplex and Alor Star Cathay. 

Some unhappy producers had reportedly expressed their discontent after seeing Teo releasing numerous movies in a year. His target for next year is 10 movies for which he will engage three directors. 

“I don’t know why they are so unhappy with me when I am only responding to the call by the Information Minister for us to produce 12 movies a year. I am glad to see the film industry thriving this year, as this is a positive sign. More companies have joined in to make movies and 30 movies have been produced this year, which is an impressive record. 

“Anyway, I am not competing in the local market as my movies are made for the international scene. I never had the intention to steal anyone’s rice bowl. Too bad if they can’t accept my work, “ said Teo.  

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