The reunion project of Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz will have to wait.
This year, the two stars were supposed to top-bill a movie, which will be produced by Star Cinema, a film outfit under ABS-CBN Films.
This was divulged by ABS-CBN Films managing director Olivia M. Lamasan in an intimate press conference with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and select reporters last night, October 26.
However, just like other film productions, the Bea-John Lloyd movie, which was supposed to be shot in Florence, Italy, was affected by the pandemic.
Lamasan said, “Di ba minsan, kapag nagpalit ka ng location, nagpalit ka ng ganyan, ma-a-affect ang kuwento? This is exactly what happened to our much-awaited reunion movie, dream project, the John Lloyd-Bea reunion movie, which was supposed to have been released this year, pero nagkaroon ng pandemya.
“It was supposed to have been shot in Florence, Italy. Romance-drama, and it’s going to be directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. So reunion movie nila after A Second Chance.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic came so kailangan kaming kumambyo."
Since flying to Italy was not feasible, Lamasan revealed that they tried to adapt to the situation by making some necessary changes to the material.
She said, “Carmi Raymundo, who’s the writer, tried adjusting the material dito sa Pilipinas, pero unfortunately, hindi niya kinaya.
“So, we have to change the concept and because of that, na-delay ang script development and we were not able to meet the schedules, the availability that John Lloyd and Bea gave us.”
Among Raymundo's notable works as a screenwriter are The Hows of Us and A Second Chance.
At present, she is overseeing the creative development of the new script.
Lamasan continued, “Nahiya nga kami kay Lloydie at Bea kasi they waited for a year for this.
“So, sana, hindi sila magtampo and we’re not losing hope na mag-materialize ang project na ito. So creative development ay continuous and under Carmi Raymundo.”
JOHN LLOYD AND BEA TO BE INVOLVED IN CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Lamasan also revealed that ABS-CBN Films wants John Lloyd and Bea to be involved in the conceptualization.
“What excites us this time ay we’re inviting John Lloyd and Bea to be co-creators, to get involved [sa] concept level pa lang.
“They have reached that stature especially si Lloydie. Si Bea rin ganun, e, kapag kinakausap mo, they have the creative minds, napaka-creative na ng pag-iisip.”
Lamasan particularly observed the creative maturity of John Lloyd, asked him if he is interested to direct a film.
The actor is set to make a comeback after an almost-three-year hiatus from showbiz.
Lamasan said, “After John Lloyd’s hiatus, nang makausap ko siya, biglang, ‘Ay, iba na siya.’
“I think iyong kanyang rest has done him really well. Iba na siya mag-isip.
“Sabi ko nga, ‘Anak, gusto mo na ba mag-direk? Kasi parang direktor ka nang mag-isip.
“That’s something we’re very excited about, the John Lloyd-Bea reunion project will be a collaboration with John Lloyd, Bea, Direk Cathy, and Carmi.”
At press time, Direk Olive said that she is still “praying” that the project will push through.
She told PEP.ph during the press conference, “We’re praying, we’re praying. That’s my most honest answer.
“We’re praying kasi siyempre, hindi namin nameet ang schedule ni John Lloyd at saka ni Bea so nagkaroon ng aberya diyan.
“We’re praying na ganun pa rin, that they would still collaborate with us and matuloy ang project na ito kasi ngayon, walang kasiguarduhan lahat, di ba?”
It was during her bloggers' conference on October 22 that director Cathy Garcia-Molina first revealed the Bea-John Lloyd movie was put on hold.
The film would have been the reunion project of Bea and John Lloyd after the success of A Second Chance in 2015.
Bea and John Lloyd also worked on an Instagram project called the “Unconfined Cinema,” where they had an Instagram Live session in May 2020.