Avatar’s Dante Basco to develop Philippine youth culture web comics into feature film

PHOTO CREDIT: Dante Basco on IMDb

Dante Basco, the Filipino-American voice actor behind the characters of “Zuko” in “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and “Rufio” in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook,” is now venturing into developing a feature film based on Filipino youth culture.

Basco, reputed to be the first Filipino-American actor to make it to Hollywood, was the featured guest in ToyConPh 2018.

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Deadline reported the Basco collaboration with Tapas Media in making the web-comic series “Kids Being Kids” into a full feature film.

“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Dante Basco and Aiyeim on Kids Being Kids,” said Michael Son, Editor in Chief of Tapas Media. “I’ve been a huge fan of Dante’s work and efforts in promoting more Asian representation in media and popular culture – and knew that Aiyem’s immensely empathetic story about youth culture in the Philippines would be the perfect fit. It’s our vision to help promote diverse stories from creators from all around the world, and help us all connect through the power of storytelling. I think we’ve found the right partners that share the same vision.”

Tapas Media’s “Kids Being Kids” is set in the Philippines and depicts three kids overcoming their own personal obstacles in life. The webcomic series is created by Philippine-based artist Aiyeim,

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