ABS-CBN has issued a statement regarding the filming of the iconic Filipino superhero “Darna” by Mars Ravelo.
The rights to “Darna” remain with ABS-CBN as it decides to postpone the film production indefinitely after careful deliberation on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on movie production and cinemas.
We are committed to following production guidelines under the new normal and the safety of the actors and production team is a top priority. However, because the movie requires complex logistics, crowd shots, and fight scenes that involve physical contact, it will be difficult to give justice to the superhero film while strictly adhering to the guidelines.
We are still in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis that makes it also difficult to assess when cinemas will recover and see audiences returning.
We thank the cast, staff, and production crew for all the hard work they put into the project. We are also grateful to the Ravelo family, the Darna fans, and the public for their unrelenting support and understanding.
In her Instagram post, Darna lead star Jane de Leon, who replaced Liza Soberano and Angel Locsin in the highly anticipated movie offering, is deeply saddened by the postponement of the project, but she agrees with the decision of the management that safety should always be the priority.
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Darna artwork by Darna Film FB page
Jane de Leon by ABS-CBN Entertainment