Ty­coons Se­ries se­quel in the works

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE di­rec­tor of the Ty­coon Se­ries movie says the next edi­tion of the ac­tion-packed film is in the works, with au­di­tions slated for 1 May 2016.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week, up-and-com­ing film­maker Makalo Khut­lisi said he de­cided to make the movie a fivepart se­ries fol­low­ing the re­lease of the first edi­tion in Jan­uary.

Ty­coon Se­ries ven­tures into the murky world of the in­fa­mous Ma­put­soe gang, Ty­coons, and tells the tale of a re­formed gang leader who de­cides to mend his ways af­ter un­leash­ing a reign of ter­ror on the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to Khut­lisi, who also wrote the se­ries’ screen­play, the first edi­tion was well re­ceived by his tar­get au­di­ence.

“It was well re­ceived in Ma­put­soe and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties where it was screened in school halls,” he said.

“Af­ter­wards, we would make pre­sen­ta­tions about the con­se­quences of the gang­ster life. Go­ing for­ward, the pre­sen­ta­tions will be held in con­junc­tion with the po­lice who have agreed to take the op­por­tu­nity to teach the stu­dents about the reper­cus­sions of such a life­style.”

Khut­lisi said the sec­ond edi­tion would be 90 min­utes long, with shoot­ing set to com­mence dur­ing the win­ter school hol­i­day.

He said the film was meant to show the youth that all that glit­tered in re­la­tion to the Ty­coons was not gold, since their gang­ster life was likely to re­sult in death or go­ing to jail.

Part two of the se­ries, Khut­lisi said, would start off where the first edi­tion left off, with the lead ac­tor, Ty­coon, be­ing re­leased from jail.

“Ty­coon will take over as the gang leader and suc­ceed his late un­cle for whose mur­der he had been wrong­fully ar­rested,” he said.

“To­wards the end of part one, Ty­coon was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of killing his un­cle who was the most feared gang leader in Ma­put­soe.

"It ends with the other gang mem­bers search­ing and find­ing the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the crime who they force to con­fess to the po­lice.”

Khut­lisi also re­vealed that part two would start off with Ty­coon be­ing groomed to be the gang leader by his late un­cle’s friends.

“What view­ers should also bear in mind is that Ty­coon would be the sto­ry­teller in the film since he will be re­flect­ing on his crim­i­nal past while con­fess­ing in front of a church af­ter de­cid­ing to change,” he said.

The di­rec­tor said the film also sought to high­light the fact that no one gang could be truly safe since they would have their own en­e­mies.

“The se­ries goes into de­tail about the life of gang­sters in Ma­put­soe. It also por­trays the types of fights they en­gage in such as the ‘Belt-to-belt’ or ‘Prison-or-death’ in which two mem­bers from dif­fer­ent gangs are tied to­gether and start stab­bing each other un­til one of them dies,” said Khut­lisi.

“The fights are meant to prove which gang is stronger than the other.

"Each gang se­lects their most lethal mem­ber, who would rep­re­sent them in a knife fight on a set date and time.

“Gang mem­bers are not sup­posed to show af­fec­tion to any­one or be in a re­la­tion­ship. Once one is a Ty­coon, they are sup­posed to die in the gang.

"If any­one tries to quit, their life would be in jeop­ardy be­cause the gang will feel be­trayed since they fear that their se­crets would be ex­posed.”

He said the film would also il­lus­trate how the gang­sters made money by steal­ing cell­phones and var­i­ous house­hold items and sell­ing them to some un­scrupu­lous re­tail­ers.

Scene from Ty­coon Se­ries movie.

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