When asked by The Hollywood Reporter, Brillante Mendoza shares his latest masterpiece AMO.

Mendoza is currently working on his first TV series, about the illegal drug trade, for which he says he’s “been given a free hand by the network.” Preparing for the 13-part series, Mendoza interviewed drug lords and police officers and went to prisons to speak to former drug dealers.

Titled AMO, a local term for boss, Mendoza says the series will take an uncompromising look at the drug problem, including “the police, corrupt officials, the people ordering killings and those who are getting protected.”

“The challenge is that children will be watching, so we have to be careful what we include,” adds Mendoza, who plans to release an uncensored “director’s cut” online after the series begins screening.

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