As reported by the Inquirer, Araullo will be on board the project titled Citizen Jake, a movie about “the world of citizen journalists, social media and politics.”
“I just couldn’t say no to Mike de Leon. I am taking this leap of faith because I believe in his ability to produce films of exceptional quality that are always imbued with social relevance,” Araullo told the publication.
Araullo said he is collaborating with De Leon on the "creation of the screenplay" along with writer Noel Pascual, helping shape the film's script and its message.
“Our discussions have been rather intense, but enjoyable,” Araullo said. “Mike is a genius obviously, and I’m just trying my best to keep up."
For his part, De Leon, who is known in the film industry for his cinematic masterpieces such as Kisap Mata, Batch 81 and Kakabakaba Ka Ba?, complimented Araullo, saying that he "is a very intelligent person, with a deep social conscience — and he writes very well.”
“Atom is not showbiz,” remarked De Leon. “In the film, I am not using ‘starring Atom Araullo'... but ‘featuring Atom Araullo,’ instead.”
He added, “This is a strange, but interesting experience for me... not only because it will probably be my last film, but because I’ve got an interesting subject matter.”
The director said that he is fast-tracking things to set up his production team before Christmas, with principal photography expected to be by March or April of next year.