Netflix buys worldwide streaming rights to Liza Soberano-led “Darna” movie
The streaming giant cashes in early on the project.
Edit: This is an April Fools post.
Star Cinema’s forthcoming film adaptation of Mars Ravelo’s Darna is getting quite the traction. As confirmed by our source (who works at the company), Netflix has already bought the rights to stream the Liza Soberano-led Darna movie worldwide.
The purchase is part of Netflix’s ongoing effort to secure local titles for local audiences. Recently, we’ve seen such films as Birdshot, BuyBust, Four Sisters and a Wedding, and more get added to the streaming giant’s ever-growing catalog.
The film, directed by Jerrold Tarog (Heneral Luna, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral), casts Liza Soberano as the titular heroine. If it sticks to Ravelo’s story, the new film will follow Narda, a young woman who discovers an otherworldly white crystal which lends her superhuman strength when ingested.
The interesting bit about all this is that information about the film itself is sparse to none, so the fact that a company as gigantic as Netflix is keen to take notice this early into the development goes to show that anticipation for the new film is mounting, both for fans and big-time programmers like Netflix.
It was announced in November last year that Tarog is taking over directing duties originally assigned to Erik Matti, who left the project due to creative differences with the studio.
The film’s IMDB page currently lists the production status as “filming” and the release date sometime in 2020.