We bumped into Direk Bb. Joyce Bernal last February 8 at Esquinita (near ABS-CBN) on our way to Beth Tamayo's Fish Bowl Bar & Restaurant.
We tried to greet Direk Joyce but she was immersed in a conversation on her cell phone. Serious we must say. What we saw were tears streaming down the director's cheeks while talking.
We didn't see her in Beth's Fish Bowl after that. And we later learned that Direk Joyce is allegedly thinking of returning the 400,000 pesos down payment that Star Cinema ABS-CBN Film Productions paid her for a movie with Regine Velasquez and Piolo Pascual she has already shot in four days.
From the conversations in Beth's Fish Bowl Bar, we learned that Direk Joyce is allegedly not happy with the way her work is turning out because so many people are already dipping their fingers into her project.
According to one person close to the director, "Nahihirapan siya kasi nga, when you work with these big movie outfits, ang dami nang nakikialam. E you know naman how Direk Joyce takes care of her projects. ‘Pag ginawa niya ang isang istorya o pinag-isipan na niya ang script niya, magkaroon man ito ng changes along the way, minimal na lang at hindi yung buong istorya na ang babaguhin. Kaya ‘ayan, hindi na niya malaman ang gusto niyang gawin."
We asked who Direk Joyce was talking to on her cell phone.
"Baka yung executive producer niya. Nasa bahay nga lang siya, niyaya lang namin siya to come here. And dito rin lang namin nalaman ang nangyayari. Nakakaawa nga."
Direk Joyce's friends are worried for her because according to them, the lady director is already thinking of selling or pawning her car, a BMW, so she can return the downpayment that was given to her by Star Cinema.
Will Direk Joyce just stick to making independent movies sooner?