NOW that “Patayin Sa Sindak si Barbara” has ended with it rating very well, ABS-CBN has already started the taping for the second remake in their Susan Roces Cinema Collection, “Maligno,” for which Swanie won her second FAMAS best actress award in 1978.
Kris Aquino played Susan’s role in “Barbara.” This time, it’s Claudine Barretto who takes over Susan’s role in “Maligno.” This is Claudine’s first acting assignment since she gave birth to her son, Santino, and she’s really eager to get back to work.
Even before “Maligno” is shown, ABS is already readying their third Susan Roces remake, “Florinda,” originally based on a komiks novel. Unlike the first two flicks which are about ghost and the occult, this one is a suspense-thriller and it’s Maricel Soriano who’ll assume Swanie’s role. Joining Maricel in the cast are Jay Manalo, Cherry Pie Picache, Roxanne Guinoo, Nikki Gil and Zanjoe Marudo.
If there’s one Susan Roces movie, though, that we’d like to see being remade, it’s “Ana Roberta,” a film that is reminiscent of “Anastasia.” It’s about a missing heiress and she played dual roles: the real heiress and the fake one. Susan gave one of her best performances in her career in this movie and it will be a really good acting vehicle for any actress now.
MARIO E. BAUTISTA