iflix is gearing up to launch its first-ever original drama series in Malaysia, KL Gangster: Underworld.
The series comes from the makers of the hit box-office franchises KL Gangster, Munafik and Abang Long Fadil. KL Gangster: Underworld is a spin-off of Skop Productions’ films KL Gangster 1 and KL Gangster 2 and is helmed by directors Syafiq Yusof (Abang Long Fadil 1 and 2) and Faisal Ishak (Juvana). Written by Nazri Vovinski Annuar and produced by Datuk Yusof Haslam and Syamin Yusof, the six-part drama is scheduled to premiere in 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. The series will be shot entirely in Malaysia.
iflix’s 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 CEO, Datuk Yusof Haslam, added: “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.”