16 Jul– Excellent Pictures and Skop Productions would be joining hands to make "Gangster Celop", an action comedy starring Shamsul Yusof, Kamal Adli, Yus Jambu, Azad Jazmin, Reen Rahim and newcomer Hanis Zalikha.
The RM1.7 million production would be the first collaboration between the two companies with Excellent's Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri directing and Skop's Datuk Yusof Haslam as the producer.
Shamsul Yusof and Kamal Adli would be playing former gangsters and brother-in-arms who had just completed their jail sentences and want to turn over a new leaf. However, they are contacted by Mat Jambu (Yus Jambu), a former gangster leader whom they owe a favour to; act as bodyguards for Jambu's daughter Suzana (Hanis Zalikha), who is opening a business.
"In the recent situation of the local film industry, this collaboration would be able to generate new ideas, creativity, capital and works that would be able to appeal to a wider audience," said Datuk Yusof Haslam, who added that this collaboration is a big step for the local industry.
"This collaboration would spark off a new phenomenon within the film industry, not just with the collaboration of two production companies, but a new acting phenomenon; Hanis Zalikha, blogger and model, who would be starring in "Gangster Celop"," said Ahmad Idham.
Principal photography of "Gangster Celop" have already begun around the Klang Valley area and is expected to reach cinemas in 2013.