Solar Pictures’ Citizen Jake featuring real-life journalist Atom Araullo will be shown in theaters nationwide starting May 23, 2018.
The announcement was posted on Facebook by the film’s director, Mike De Leon.
"This is it, Folks! Thank you all for your support. Thank you all for your patience! – Mike De Leon"
Citizen Jake is De Leon’s comeback film in 18 years. He co-wrote the film with Atom Araullo, who also leads the cast, and comic book writer Noel Pascual. De Leon’s filmography includes the classic political films Batch ’81 and Sister Stella L.
In an interview with Inquirer, De Leon explained that the title ‘Citizen Jake’ refers to the world of citizen journalists, social media and politics. “It’s a hybrid film of sorts,” he added.
According to this report by The Philippine Star, “Citizen Jake tells the story of Jake Herrera (Atom Araullo) who is a self-proclaimed ‘citizen journalist’ fighting to carve his space in the world of media, and move away from his father’s shadows. Jake is fixated on uncovering the corruption of Marcos cronies still in power—including his father who is a senator—when he gets sidetracked by a brutal murder of a student. In the new story he is pursuing, Jake is forced to confront his own demons.”
Araullo marks his acting debut in Citizen Jake. He is joined in the film by Cherie Gil, Dina Bonnevie, Luis Alandy, Gabby Eigenmann, Max Collins, Teroy Guzman, Lou Veloso, Richard Quan, with Victor Neri, Allan Paule, Anna Luna, Elora Españo, Cholo Barretto, Raquel Villavicencio, Nanding Josef and Ruby Ruiz.
The MTRCB has given the uncut version of the film an R-13 rating.