Director Jerrold Tarrog broke his silence on social media a day after ABS-CBN issued a statement announcing that the superhero movie ‘Darna’ has been moved yet again to a later date.
“Long-delayed announcement. Somewhat delayed retweet,” he wrote as he reacted to ABS-CBN’s statement announcing the indefinite postponement of the film.
Long-delayed announcement. Somewhat delayed retweet. https://t.co/dDX0yUwNHY— Jerrold Tarog (@JerroldTarog) August 22, 2020
When asked by a fan about the developments in the film, he responded: “15 shooting days or 40 minutes rough cut. Plus some...big plans. Welp.”
15 shooting days or 40 minutes rough cut. Plus some...big plans. Welp.🤷♂️ https://t.co/BvYOddzSx8— Jerrold Tarog (@JerroldTarog) August 22, 2020
According to ABS-CBN, one of the reasons for the delay is that the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented them from further shooting important scenes for the film.
“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,” ABS-CBN wrote in the statement.
Meanwhile, lead star Jane De Leon also shared her reaction to the postponement of her big screen debut.
She wrote: “I’m deeply saddened by the postponement of the Darna project. However, safety comes first as always. Thank you so much for the support & understanding. Let’s pray for everyone’s safety. God bless!"
This is not the first time Darna suffered postponements. Originally set to be portrayed by Angel Locsin under the helm of Erik Matti, the project was later handed to Liza Soberano after Angel had to undergo an operation which restricted her from returning to the project.
Then, Liza Soberano had to back out as well after she suffered a finger injury on the set of Bagani. Erik Matti eventually had to quit from the project as well. After back and forth negotiations, Jerrold Tarog agreed to do the big-budgeted Star Cinema movie. After a long search, the media giant announced that Jane will play the titular role.