The film Mat Kilau: Kebangkitan Pahlawan will be promoted internationally as part of the Road To Oscars programme after only 13 days of theater screenings in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei yielded a staggering RM51,8 million (US$11.7 million).
Since its debut, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, the deputy minister of communications and multi-media, has stated that the ministry intends to create additional historical-themed movies for the global market.
The ministry is searching for chances to work with different parties for sponsorship and other methods of support as we organize for the Road To Oscars project.
"The ministry has already approached local universities and telecommunication companies to help us kickstart the project.
"Besides the budget from the National Film Development Corporation (Finas), we hope to get the support from private companies for the development of the country's creative industry," he said quoted in New Straits Times (7/8/2022).
This film going to be a box office movie that surpasses the previous movie Munafik 2 which had a box office collection of RM48 million back in 2018. The same filmmaker, Syamsul Yusof, was responsible for both of these movies.
This makes the action drama directed by Syamsul Yusof and made by Studio Kembara Sdn Bhd the most successful Malaysian film of all time.
On its first day of release, June 23, Mat Kilau, which had its world premiere in theaters in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei, brought in a record-breaking RM1 million.
"The resounding success of Mat Kilau is a catalyst to boost the cinema and film industries during this endemic phase," said Yusof.
"In fact, judging by the raucous reception of the public towards this movie, it's certainly possible that there will be an even bigger collection yet to come," he continued.
Filming for the allegedly RM8 million production Mat Kilau lasted 100 days and took place in the Malaysian states of Perak, Pahang, Melaka, and Selangor.
The film has an ensemble cast that includes Datuk Adi Putra, Datuk Jalaludin Hassan, Fattah Amin, Beto Kusyairy, Johan Asa'ri, Khir Rahman, Yayan Ruhian, Datuk Rahim Razali, Nam Ron, and Wan Hanafi Su. It is loosely based on the historical figure who fought the British colonialists in Pahang during the 1880s.