KUALA LUMPUR: Delighted that his latest thriller Munafik 2 raked in a record RM5.65 million after two days of screening, director and actor Syamsul Yusof has announced that its sequel is on the way.
“We at Skop Productions can’t reveal much about it for now, but we promise fans that there will be a third chapter for my character Ustaz Adam’s battles against hypocritical teachers,” he said in a news report yesterday.
Syamsul, who reprises his role as spiritual healer Ustaz Adam and battles a deviant cult leader Abuja, played by Nasir Bilal Khan in the sequel to 2016’s Munafik, said the public’s response to Munafik 2 was phenomenal.
“I was told that some cineplexes in the Klang Valley and Johor Baru provided as many as 30 slots for my new film daily since Thursday. It’s amazing, and proof that Malay movies can still attract huge crowds.”
Syamsul also said that his father, producer Datuk Yusof Haslam was “so proud of him” for the success of Munafik 2.
“My father hugged me and apologised for scolding me back then, when he felt that I was slow to complete the filming of Munafik 2,” he said.
“I didn’t mean to drag my feet, I wanted to make sure every scene was well done, and I’m proud of my team of actors who made it a success, especially Maya Karin, Mawi and Nasir.”
Munafik 2 collected RM2.05 million at its sneak preview last Wednesday night, and this increased to RM3.6 million on Thursday night.
Skop’s 40th film overtook Mamat Khalid’s Hantu Kak Limah which collected RM650,000 on its sneak preview day.
Hantu Kak Limah has collected over RM32.5 million since it opened on Aug 9.
Munafik collected RM17 million at the box office after 26 days.