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HBO Asia’s Folklore returns for S2

Season one Folklore episode Pob, from Thailand

WarnerMedia has commissioned a second season of horror anthology series Folklore for HBO Asia, two years after the first run’s debut.

An HBO Asia original, Folklore was created by Singaporean director Eric Khoo. The first season, which launched in 2018, featured six stories based on Asian superstitions and national folkloric myths, with each episode helmed by a director from a different Asian country.

Season two will follow the same format but will this time comprise seven stories that examine the human condition when exposed to supernatural powers.

The directors are Sittisiri Mongkolsiri from Thailand, Shih-Han Liao from Taiwan, Erik Matti from the Philippines, Billy Christian from Indonesia, Nicole Midori Woodford from Singapore and Bradley Liew from Malaysia. Pop singer-songwriter Seiko Matsuda will be making her directorial debut with the Japanese episode.

Production of the 7×60’ second season is due to begin in early 2021, ahead of broadcast later in the year.

Magdalene Ew, head of entertainment at WarnerMedia India, South-East Asia and Korea, said: “The horror genre has always worked well in Asia. Following the success of the first season of Folklore, WarnerMedia has greenlit the second season of the award-winning series, expanding the anthology series to more Asian countries.

“Folklore season two will feature a mix of established and up-and-coming auteurs, each with distinct sensibilities, including two female directors from the region.”

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