Erik Matti is reported to be the one who picked Liza Soberano to replace Angel Locsin in the titular role after Angel begged off due to a spine injury.
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ABS-CBN confirms: Erik Matti no longer directing ‘Darna’
Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo (philstar.com) - October 5, 2018 - 10:00am

MANILA, Philippines — TV network ABS-CBN has confirmed rumors that veteran director Erik Matti, known for films such as “BuyBust,” “On the Job” and “Honor Thy Father,” is no longer directing the upcoming remake of “Darna” starring Liza Soberano.

In a press statement released to Philstar.com on October 4, the network said: “ABS-CBN, Star Cinema, and director Erik Matti have mutually decided to part ways in the filming of ‘Darna’ because of creative differences and to allow the filmmaker to work on his other projects under his own production company Reality Entertainment.”

The TV network's statement on Erik Matti and Darna. ABS-CBN/Released

The network assured though that the movie’s production is still in full swing.

“ABS-CBN and Star Cinema, however, are fully committed to bringing the iconic character to the big screen for today’s generation of moviegoers to witness the story of the well-loved Pinoy comics superhero. The new ‘Darna’ director will be announced soon,” said the statement signed by Kane Errol Choa, the network’s head for Integrated Corporate Communications.

In earlier reports, Erik is said to be the one who picked Liza to replace Angel Locsin in the titular role after Angel begged off due to a spine injury. The director also announced that "Darna" is due for release in 2019.

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