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What to ex­pect from di­rec­tor Syafiq Yu­sof af­ter Abang Long Fadil 2?

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­[email protected]­tar.com.my

WHAT’s next for di­rec­tor Syafiq Yu­sof af­ter his RM18mil hit Abang Long Fadil 2?

Well, there’s the up­com­ing ac­tion movie KL Spe­cial Force ,due March 8. The 25-year-old film­maker de­scribed KL Spe­cial Force as an homage to the Malaysian po­lice movie genre made fa­mous by his fa­ther, pro­ducer Datuk Yu­sof Haslam.

“I think of KL Spe­cial Force as my take on Gerak Khas. In­stead of mak­ing an­other movie based on the TV show, I thought I’d do some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. My ap­proach is some­thing more se­ri­ous and darker,” he said dur­ing an in­ter­view in Kuala Lumpur.

KL Spe­cial Force stars Datuk Rosyam Nor and Fat­tah Amin as mem­bers of an elite po­lice force on a mis­sion to take down a ruth­less bank rob­bery gang led by Asyraff (played by Syafiq’s brother Syam­sul Yu­sof ).

Af­ter the re­lease of KL Spe­cial Force, Syafiq will start pro­duc­tion on a hor­ror movie, with Zul Arif­fin and El­iz­a­beth Tan at­tached to star. The last time Syafiq ex­per­i­mented with a scary movie was back in 2015 with the mock­u­men­tary-styled Villa Na­bila.

“I would say this (new project) is a psy­cho­log­i­cal hor­ror movie. I’ve been watch­ing Al­fred Hitch­cock movies like Psy­cho and Rear Win­dow. I’m amazed by how a sim­ple scary story can be told ef­fec­tively with the right amount of sus­pense and chills. So I want to try and achieve some­thing like that,” he of­fered.

Syafiq said he tries not to think about em­u­lat­ing the suc­cess of Abang Long Fadil 2.

“I think a lot of peo­ple as­sume that I’ve be­come a mil­lion­aire but the re­al­ity is noth­ing like that. Half of the box of­fice col­lec­tion goes to the cin­ema op­er­a­tors. Then you’ve got to pay taxes. Lastly, you’ve got to pay the staff mem­bers at Skop Pro­duc­tion. That’s why I al­ways think of movie-mak­ing as a busi­ness first. There are a lot of peo­ple whose in­come de­pends on what we do.”

Be­fore Syafiq de­cides on a pro­duc­tion, he puts him­self in the shoes of the typ­i­cal Malaysian movie­goer.

“I un­der­stand that the price of a movie ticket is not cheap. I know for some peo­ple that af­ter a hard day, they just want to en­ter­tain them­selves with a fun movie. As a film­maker, I feel that I’ve found that bal­ance be­tween do­ing what I love cre­atively and pleas­ing the au­di­ence as well.”

He added: “I’m grate­ful that the au­di­ence can ac­cept what I’ve been try­ing to present to them. I try not to go too crazy when I do some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

Syafiq’s other pro­duc­tions due for re­lease this year in­clude As­tro tele­movie La­genda Long Piah and com­edy movie Seko­la­haha which he co-di­rects with so­cial me­dia per­son­al­ity Mat Luthfi. An­other Abang Long Fadil movie is also in de­vel­op­ment.

Is there any­thing Syafiq won’t do?

“Ro­mance. Sim­ply be­cause I don’t have any in­ter­est in it and I wouldn’t know how to ap­proach that sub­ject. Then again, I’ve also said that I’ll never do hor­ror ... so we’ll see.”

— MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star.

Syafiq with his fa­ther Datuk Yu­sof Haslam, who is also the pro­ducer for KL Spe­cial Force.

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Rosyam stars in KL Spe­cial Force as a se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor go­ing af­ter a no­to­ri­ous gang of bank rob­bers.

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