Richard plays the revered character of the Pinoy superhero Flavio, a blacksmith who rose to fame via four blockbuster movies headlined by the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr.
FPJ's "Panday emerged as top grosser in the 1980 Metro Manila Film Festival, which was followed by three more highly successful installments/
Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, meanwhile, had their own versions, "DugongPanday" in 1993 and "HiwagangPanday" in 1998. respectively.
Other TV remakes followed suit in two different stations.
This year's TV remake on the Kapatid network, however, will have multi-awarded Mac Alejandre at the helm with the genius, Direk Carlo himself, acting as creative consultant of the project.
Direk Carlo says that in the modernized version, viewers will discover that Flavio is a foundling and that he has a brother.
His sibling is raised by bad elements while flaviois taken care of a priest.
Joining Richard as chief nemesis Lizardo in the 2016 "AngPanday" TV remake is Christopher "Boyet" de leon in a role originally portrayed on the big screen by late character actor Max Alvarado.
Also in the cast of " AngPanday" are the new child wonder Alonzo Muhlach, MTV Pinoy VJ Sam Pinto, Jasmine Curtis, Bangs Garcia, Empoy, Chicser's Ranz Kyle, CJ Caparas, Ara Mina and many more.
Catch Richard Gutierrez's fantaserye combeack in the modern-day retelling of the classic Carlo J. Caparas komisks masterpiece, "AngPanday," starting February 29 only from VIVA and The Kapatid network, TV5