Will James Reid-Nancy McDonie project push through this 2020?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jan 13, 2020
Amid past reports that James Reid was thinking twice about working with Momoland's Nancy McDonie, ABS-CBN has announced that their project is included in the network's lineup for 2020.
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James Reid is pushing through with his project with Nancy McDonie of Momoland.

The series called The Soulmate Project is one of the many projects shown in ABS-CBN's omnibus plug for its 2020 offerings.

The trailer released today, January 13, showed snippets from the story conference of the series, which was formerly titled Soulmate.

The Soulmate Project is a series presented under the "pagsasanib pwersa ng ABS-CBN at iWant" of the omnibus trailer.

It is not clear, however, if the series will be streamed exclusively on iWant, or aired simultaneously on TV.

This is because the omnibus trailer had separate parts for ABS-CBN's TV and digital offerings.

iWant also posted the omnibus trailer of ABS-CBN 2020 offerings, and indicated that The Soulmate Project is one of iWant's upcoming projects.

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During the October 4 story conference, the announcement was made that Antoinette Jadaone will direct this series produced by Dreamscape Entertainment.

The story conference was held on the same afternoon when Momoland and their manager, MLD Management, inked a co-management contract with ABS-CBN.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Jadaone explained that the production format of The Soulmate Project is a canned series. This means all episodes are already completed before being aired, similar to American and Korean TV shows.

The James Reid-Nancy McDonie project is slated to run for 13 episodes.

Jadaone, who will also write the series, said: "Hindi siya teleserye. It's a series because it's 13 episodes. It’s not like how we do teleseryes na you do it per script every day, with a weekly script.

"It's more my kind of process. I write the whole series na tapos na, unlike in teleseryes na hindi mo alam kung kailan siya matatapos."

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JAMES REID DROPPING OUT OF PROJECT?

After the story conference, fans of James and Nancy dubbed their tandem JaNcy.

On the day of the story conference, James took to Twitter to share his excitement about the project.

The singer-actor also asked some fans to stop creating "love team names" because, according to him, he already has one, which is JaDine, referring to his love team with Nadine Lustre.

A month later, on November 2019, PEP Alerts's Cabinet Files reported that the production staff of The Soulmate Project was disappointed with James.

According to Cabinet Files, James was thinking twice about pushing through with the project.

The source also said that the production staff of The Soulmate Project was equally upset with Nadine, since she was one reason why James began having second thoughts about the project.

Following the report, James, Nadine, and Dreamscape Entertainment have kept silent.

Weeks later, when James was asked about The Soulmate Project at a press conference, he refused to give details.

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He said, if with a smile: "I can't say too much about that right now, I'm sorry."

On January 1, 2020, PEP Alerts's Cabinet Files reported that James and Nadine had broken up due to “irreconcilable differences.”

Dreamscape Entertainment and ABS-CBN have yet to reveal details about The Soulmate Project.

iWANT PROJECTS

The ABS-CBN 2020 omnibus plug released other titles to be released on its digital streaming platform, iWant.

The Dreamscape Digital-produced shows, Call Me Tita and Mga Batang Poz, will each have a second season.

Call Me Tita, released in 2019, is top-billed by Angelica Panganiban, Mylene Dizon, Cherry Pie Picache, Joanna Ampil, and Lorna Tolentino. It tackles the story of five middle-aged women.

Mga Batang Poz is about four men living with HIV, portrayed by Awra Briguela, Mark Neumann, Paolo Gumabao, and Fino Herrera.

The internationally-acclaimed movie, Quezon's Game, featuring the life story of Manuel L. Quezon, who is portrayed by Raymond Bagatsing, will also be released on iWant.

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Julia Barretto and Tony Labrusca will top-bill a romance digital series called I Am U, while Sam Milby and Yassi Pressman will be paired in the crime series The Tapes.

GMA-7 actress Lovi Poe will top-bill the Dreamscape Digital movie, I, where she is paired with Zanjoe Marudo.

Nathalie Hart and Diether Ocampo will top-bill a sexy movie titled Sunday Night Fever.

Jodi Sta. Maria's iWant series, My Single Lady, will premiere January 22.

Star Cinema, the successful film arm of ABS-CBN, will also venture into digital production, via the series He's Into Her, starring Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano.

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Amid past reports that James Reid was thinking twice about working with Momoland's Nancy McDonie, ABS-CBN has announced that their project is included in the network's lineup for 2020.
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