Erik Matti expressed his sentiments regarding his resignation as the director of the Darna movie starring Liza Soberano.
On Thursday, October 4, Direk Erik confirmed that he will no longer serve as the director featuring the Pinay superheroine.
Through his social media accounts, Direk Erik indicated that "things didn’t work out" between him and Star Cinema.
Direk Erik pointed out that this project is close to his heart because he worked on the 1994 movie Darna! Ang Pagbabalik.
The filmmaker who helmed the action films On the Job (OTJ) and BuyBust commended Darna lead actress Liza Soberano since he believed that she would be a "kickass Darna."
The official statement released by Star Cinema and ABS-CBN indicated that there were "creative differences" between Direk Erik and the Kapamilya Network.
Here is the full statement of Direk Erik Matti regarding the Darna project:
"As it has been announced, I have officially resigned from the movie Darna. It’s been 5 years and how I wish I could have finished it after all the hard work that went into preparing and putting it together.
"Unfortunately, things didn’t work out ideally for both parties.
"Darna is personal to me. My first project in the industry was as continuity supervisor for Peque Gallaga’s Darna with Anjanette Abayari. And doing this modern reboot of the classic superhero, I feel that I have come full circle in this industry.
"I would like to thank my staff and crew who have toiled through the process bringing forth brilliant design and execution ideas as to how we can bring to life a uniquely modern take of our iconic Filipino superhero that can be relevant to the times.
"To Liza Soberano, thank you for the dedication and commitment. I’m sure you’ll be a kickass Darna.
"To Star Cinema, ABS-CBN, and the next director, I wish you all the best for this project."
Earlier today, October 5, ABS-CBN revealed the identity of the new Darna director.
A statement from the Kapamilya Network's Integrated Corporate Communications Head Kane Errol Choa announced that Jerrold Tarog will replace Erik Matti as the director of Darna.
Here is the full statement:
"ABS-CBN and Star Cinema are pleased to announce that award-winning filmmaker Jerrold Tarog is the new director of Darna, with Liza Soberano in the lead role.
"Jerrold, who successfully helmed the critically-acclaimed hits Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, has warmly accepted the project and will soon commence working on the film.
"ABS-CBN and Star Cinema are grateful to Artikulo Uno Productions for graciously allowing Jerrold to do the project. We welcom Jerrold's fresh take, innovative ideas, and signature directorial style to make Darna's return to the big screen a rare cinematic experience for moviegoers."