Yes, M.Zulkifli the screenwriter is getting more serious these days. After completing the first movie screenplay (co-written with Izham Omar), my second handy work is something called “Mingguan Lelaki”. Intriguing, huh?
Before I get into the story, FYI, “Mingguan Lelaki” is a made-for-web drama which will be shown on - surprise, surprise - GUA.COM.MY. Which means, the format will be 20 4-5min episodes. The story has to move faster, and each episode must end with a cliffhanger to make sure you lot return to watch it right till the end.
As for the story, “Mingguan Lelaki” is about a guy - a tech geek to be specific - who accidentally works for a trashy men’s magazine. So yes, I didn’t have to look far for story inspiration. But of course I had to throw in a major story arc that involves a love-triangle of some sort. The "market" loves it when you throw this in...
Still, you’ll see loads of very realistic goings-on at a lad rag organization including photoshoots, babes and more babes. And I’m taking it as far as I can with themes like self-love (ahem), celebrity crush, homosexuality, jealousy and how to build robots.
Yes, intriguing stuff indeed.