HBO Asia Renews Horror Series 'Folklore' for Second Season

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Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo will return as showrunner of the second season, with each of the seven, hour-long episodes directed by a different established or emerging Asian director.

HBO Asia's original horror anthology series Folklore has been renewed for a second season, WarnerMedia said Tuesday.

Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo will return as showrunner of the second season, with each hour-long episode directed by a different established or emerging Asian director. Principal photography for the seven-part series will commence early next year in seven Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

"The second season of Folklore will ramp up the fear factor as it examines the human condition when exposed to supernatural powers in a mind-bending race against oneself, each story bringing a different take and perspective," WarnerMedia said in a statement.

The directors for second 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 for WarnerMedia in 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."

Folklore's second season will premiere in 2021 on HBO GO and HBO in the 25 Asian territories covered by HBO Asia (HBO Max has yet to launch in the region).