The sequel to Indonesia’s favorite musical adventure film, Petualangan Sherina (Sherina’s Adventure), is about to enter its production stage after the project was first teased two years ago.
The film’s production houses Miles Films and BASE Entertainment announced today, coincidentally on the same date that Petualangan Sherina was first released 22 years ago, that fans will be treated to a brand new adventure and a whole lotta nostalgia. The sequel is expected to hit Indonesian cinemas in May or June 2023.
“Adult Sherina and Sadam, who have been separated for a long time, will meet again in a tropical rainforest for an adventure that’s challenging and full of surprises,” the announcement reads.
The newly-released poster shows the film’s namesake, singer-actress Sherina Munaf, standing back-to-back with rival-turned-friend Sadam, played by Derby Romero — just like their iconic pose from the first film.
The sequel will be produced by Miles Films and BASE Entertainment, with the production supported by Talamedia. The OG film’s producer and director, Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza, are back for the project.
Sherina herself has also teased the upcoming sequel in an Instagram post.
Petualangan Sherina 2, along with the animation adaptation of the first movie, were first announced in late 2020, though today’s announcement did not mention the latter.
It was reported that Sherina will be involved in the story development, while also working as the movie’s composer and music director, receiving the torch from her late mentor, composer Elfa Secioria.
The original Petualangan Sherina was released in 2000 following a barren decade for Indonesian cinema. The movie propelled Sherina to become the nation’s leading child singer at the time. It tells the story of Sherina, a girl who loves to sing and dance with her friends, moving to North Bandung, West Java from Jakarta as her father got a job at a farm owned by Sadam’s father.
After their unpleasant first encounter in the classroom, Sherina and Sadam became rivals. When Sherina and her family visited Sadam’s family farm, she found herself entangled in the dirty business of a tycoon named Kertarajasa, who ordered the abduction of Sadam because he wanted to take over the property for his real estate project.
Petualangan Sherina is considered as one of the most commercially successful Indonesian films, as it was watched by over 1.6 million people at a time when there weren’t as many movie theaters as today. If you want to rewatch the OG Petualangan Sherina, the film’s available to stream on Netflix and Vidio.