The independent horror/action film ‘City of Bones’ that was written and directed by award-winning Filipino filmmaker Vincent Soberano is showing in US theaters starting October 22, 2021, in 10 major cities.
In an Instagram and Facebook post, Soberano revealed that his film will have its theatrical release in 10 major US cities on Friday, December 22 and is also set to be released on cable and digital platforms soon.
In a press release by Vertical Entertainment and Safier Entertainment, Soberano recounts how the story was developed while he was on location hunting for a different film.
“I get my inspiration for stories usually in the most unexpected ways,” he recalls.
“I was location-hunting for another movie and I stumbled into a cult temple in Bohol. Curious, I started asking around, and based on stories from the locals, I came up with the new plot for Circle of Bones,” he added.
Filmed in Panglao, Bohol, and Cainta, Rizal, “Circle of Bones” is based on Vincent Soberano’s unpublished book, “Yawa” – a tale of local superstitions and modern-day urban legends of the Visayas region.
Set on the picturesque island of Panglao, Bohol, the story is told by a lone survivor of a mysterious cult suspected of mass murders and human sacrifices.
Furthermore, this film has also served as another milestone for Filipino film industry as it is the first time a Filipino movie has been released theatrically in the United States, Canada, and the UK by Vertical Entertainment, a top-ranked film distribution company based in Santa Monica, California, and founded by producers Richard B. “Rich” Goldberg and Mitch Budin in 2012.
“Having a Filipino-made, independent genre film get a theatrical release throughout the U.S. is a huge achievement for me,” Soberano said.
“It gives me great pride as a Filipino filmmaker that I’ve gotten this far to represent Filipino films in the U.S. mainstream market. Next step, worldwide distribution!” the filmmaker added.
The said film will be released in both theaters and digital platforms and will be viewed in Filipino and English languages.
Watch full trailer of the Circle of Bones here: