After years of preparation and several changes in casting and production teams, ABS-CBN announced earlier today that the network is postponing the filming of Mars Ravelo’s Darna indefinitely. This is due to the difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s the official statement in Filipino and English:
STATEMENT ON “DARNA” FILM
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.
PAHAYAG TUNGKOL SA PELIKULANG “DARNA”
Nananatili ang rights ng “Darna” sa ABS-CBN na nagdesisyong itigil muna ang produksyon ng pelikula pagkatapos ng masusing pag-aaral sa naging epekto ng COVID-19 pandemic sa industriya ng pelikula at mga sinehan.
Handa kaming sumunod sa production guidelines sa ilalim ng new normal at pangalagaan ang kaligtasan ng mga artista at manggagawang kabilang sa produksyon. Ngunit dahil nangangailangan ng kumplikadong logistics, crowd shots, at fight scenes na may physical contact ang pelikula, mahihirapan kaming bigyan ng hustisya ang superhero film habang sumusunod sa guidelines.
Nasa kalagitnaan pa rin tayo ng isang pandemya, at mahirap sabihin kung kailan makakabalik ang mga sinehan at mga manonood.
Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng cast, staff, at production crew sa trabahong ibinuhos nila sa proyekto. Nagpapasalamat din kami sa pamilya Ravelo, sa fans ni Darna, at sa publiko para sa suporta at pang-unawa.