Recently, Astro unveiled an explosive teaser trailer for the upcoming Polis Evo 2 at an event in Kuala Lumpur.
The film is the sequel to 2015 box-office hit Polis Evo which stars Shaheizy Sam and Zizan Razak as two cops taking down a drug syndicate in Terengganu.
It made over RM17mil at the box office and is one of the highest-grossing local films of all time.
For the sequel, Polis Evo producer Joel Soh takes over directorial duties from Ghaz Abu Bakar. Soh is also directing the sequel with Andre Chiew.
“We figured that things have to be different (the second time around). Although, it still features the same Inspector Sani (Zizan) and Khai (Shaheizy) that everyone loves, however, we are placing them in more dire situations. The film will be darker with serious themes,” Soh said during an interview in KL.
He added that Polis Evo 2 has a bigger production value.
Details about the plot is still under wraps but the storyline involves terrorism. Soh along with writers Kyle Goonting and Anwari Ashraf admit that finding a way for Sani and Khai to be involved in such a large-scale operation was a “writing challenge”.
“We took a lot of time to decide on the settings. How did this terrorist takeover happen? We were struggling to find a way to connect beat cops like Sani and Khai into investigating something that will take them out of Terengganu. Let’s just say we found a way without giving away any spoilers,” Anwari said.
With regional actors participating in the movie, Soh hopes to take the movie outside Malaysia hence a more serious theme.
“With a cast including Indonesian star Raline Shah and Singaporean actors Fir Rahman with Jeffry Catz, it would be more apt to raise the stakes in Polis Evo 2,” he said.
Soh admitted that not having a strong female character in the first film was something that he and his team regretted.
“The biggest mistake we made in the first film is that all the female characters were damsels in distress,” Soh said.
Goonting added that the first thing the writers did when writing the sequel is to include prominent female characters.
For now, it can be revealed that actress Raline will be playing an action-packed role while new cast member Erra Fazira is expected to shake things up in the police precinct.
The success of Polis Evo back in 2015 sparked a trend for other local cop movie releases like J Revolusi (2017) and KL Special Force (2018).
Soh said he was proud of Polis Evo’s achievements and how it changed the perception of jaded audiences on the standards of local productions.
“For us, pre-production was a year-long, expensive process. Then writing took months. Everything was meticulously planned. We don’t just put a costume on someone without researching. We looked into what goes into a paramedics’ vest, a sniper’s gear and all that.”
Astro Shaw said that a full trailer will be released in October and the company is currently working to secure a November release date for the movie. Only time will tell if Polis Evo 2 can live up to the juggernaut expectation set by the prequel.
“We cannot think about (the pressure). Of course, the box office expectations is definitely higher with a bigger budget and all that. We just have to steer clear of the pressure and not let it affect us creatively,” Soh concluded.