WarnerMedia orders second season of Southeast Asian horror anthology Folklore

WarnerMedia is producing a second season of HBO Asia original horror anthology series, Folklore, which again has Singaporean director-producer Eric Khoo on board as show runner. 

Principal photography for the seven-part hour-long series will commence early next year in seven Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Each episode will be directed by a local director from each territory.

The directors for this season include 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 in the episode from Japan.

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

Folklore Season 2 will feature a mix of established and up-and-coming auteurs, each with distinct sensibilities, including two female directors from the region.”

Various episodes of the first season of Folklore were screened at international film festivals including Toronto, Tokyo, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Fantastic Fest in Texas and Series Mania in Lille, France. 

The second season will premiere in 2021 on HBO GO and HBO. WarnerMedia has yet to announce plans for launching HBO Max across Asia, although the new platform streams Japanese anime content sourced from Crunchyroll, which became part of WarnerMedia when AT&T assumed full ownership of its parent company Otter Media.