Jerrold Tarog Takes Over as New Darna Director

He's set to start working on the film soon.

Erik Matti (left) and Jerrold Tarog (right)
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(SPOT.ph) It was announced on October 4 that Erik Matti will no longer be directing the highly anticipated Darna because of "creative differences" and so that the acclaimed director can work on his other projects. The replacement for Matti was yet to be announced at the time but today, October 5, ABS-CBN's Integrated Corporate Communications Division has announced that Jerrold Tarog—yet another acclaimed director—will be taking on the project. Tarog is most known for his work on the historical biopics Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.

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The statement reads, "ABS-CBN and Star Cinema are please 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."

They also talk about being thrilled to have Tarrog on board for the film. "ABS-CBN and Star Cinema are grateful to Artikulo Uno Productions for graciously allowing Jerrold to do the project. We welcome 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."

Given what Tarog has done in his previous films that also have titular characters, it'll be exciting to see how Darna will turn out.

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