Sharon Cuneta out of Cinemalaya, Sharon-Gabby movie shelved

April 7, 2017 - 8:43 AM
Sharon Cuneta. (Photo by Bernard Testa/InterAksyon)

Sharon Cuneta’s much-awaited big screen return has been put on hold once again.

Fans of the actress dubbed as The Megastar will have to wait a little longer for a Sharon movie as two high-profile projects she had been attached to are not happening after all.

Last year, Sharon herself announced that she had accepted an offer to play the lead role in Mes de Guzman’s feature, “Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha,” an entry in this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Sharon’s announcement was confirmed just last month by Cinemalaya organizers.

But following a report by indie film scene chronicler Mell Navarro that the Megastar could not start shooting the film due to “schedule issues,” De Guzman gave her an “ultimatum” to decide until April 5 whether she could still commit to the project.

However, in an announcement on its official Facebook page late Thursday night, Cinemalaya announced that “due to unforeseen matters, Ms, Sharon Cuneta may not be able to do the film.”

Sharon has not issued a statement on the matter on her social media pages. She did, however, apologize for the shelving of her much-awaited reunion movie with ex-husband and former screen partner Gabby Concepcion. The yet untitled project has been put on hold again due to scheduling conflicts.

An earlier statement issued to ABS-CBN entertainment scribe Mario Dumaual by Gabby’s manager, Therese Ramos read: “Gabby Concepcion has always wanted to do a movie with Sharon Cuneta. However due to his tight schedule and current commitments it will not be possible anytime soon. We will study our option in 2018.”

Addressing the issue, Sharon posted an apology on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Thanks for all your prayers and I am sorry it’s not pushing through. But please be happy for me — because I am very happy with my new project which Star Cinema is now preparing! God bless us all. Good night and love you guys!,” she posted.

The Sharon-Gabby reunion movie project was announced by Star Cinema last December. The last film the former husband and wife starred in together was 1992’s “Tayong Dalawa.”

Despite not having appeared in a film since 2009’s “Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love,” Sharon has remained active on television and after returning to ABS-CBN in 2015 has been a mainstay judge of talent shows like “The Voice Kids Philippines,” “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” and the upcoming “The Voice Teens Philippines.”