Is Kris Aquino’s horror film comeback in MMFF 2019 canceled?

Three days ago, Kris Aquino announced the cancellation of her film (K)ampon from the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 on an Instagram post where she writes, “So, unfortunately, my return to horror was not meant to be for MMFF 2019…”

The ‘Horror Queen’ has shown quite a performance on her previous horror films like Feng Shui(2004), Sukob (2006), Dalaw (2010), and Segunda Mano (2011); so yes, her comeback is a big deal!

Kris Aquino herself expressed her disappointment upon the supposed cancellation on a separate post saying, “tulala ngayon kasi bukod sa hindi tuloy ang isang project na ginusto ko talaga, may ilang milyon din na sagutin kami sa MMFF bond, prod staff, crew, and artists…” (K)Ampon is produced by Quantum Films but Aquino is also reportedly an investor.

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To put this chapter immediately behind me, @ramsayderek07 backed out August 2. Attorney Joji communicated with me on August 3, and we reached out to @concepciongabby through @popoycaritativo. At midnight, meaning August 4, Gabby said YES. Letter was submitted August 5 to MMFF COMMITTEE. i have read the suggestions na mag appeal, pinalaki po akong may DELICADEZA, 2 members of the executive committee are friends, 1 is one of my closest friends- kaya hindi ko magawa… tulala ngayon kasi bukod sa hindi tuloy ang isang project na ginusto ko talaga, may ilang milyon din na sagutin kami sa MMFF bond, prod staff, crew, and artists… no blame game, but to clear my name, i was concerned about shooting until we had the approval of the MMFF rules committee, but i wasn’t producer in charge… as i said, #lessonslearned. Thank God I have these 2, because of them i still look forward to BETTER DAYS AHEAD. Happy weekend to all. 💛💛💛

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She also mentioned the importance of deadlines, not only in the film industry but in general, on another post – “missed deadlines will matter a lot… holding on to your values & principles will define you NOW & in the future…”

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(Corrected Saturday, August 17, 2019) Friday, August 16, was supposed to be a good day. We secured funding from a 🇵🇭 conglomerate that has always supported me… but i didn’t want to be “that girl”, yung gagamit ng friendships & “palakasan”… kaya tinanggap with humility na hindi tamang panahon para sa (K)Ampon. Pero kailangan umamin, ang panindigan ang prinsipyo and playing by the rules when clearly others would choose not to, mahirap at 💔… uulitin ko, i perfectly understand that @ramsayderek07 has a @gmanetwork contract and (K)Ampon is not a coproduction with them. @quantumfilmsph missed submitting the letter of the change in leading man by 5 days because Atty Joji & Derek only spoke on August 2, a Friday. Ano nga bang pakialam nyo sa movie na hindi matutuloy? it matters to me because please learn from my pain, i hope- missed deadlines will matter a lot… holding on to your values & principles will define you NOW & in the future… and it’s okay to not always be the brave girl when something that INSPIRED you is now gone, dahil ginusto mong patunayan na pantay pantay nga tayong lahat. i know you were seeing a happy and energized Kris again (those FB views couldn’t have been lying), that’s because i had something special to look forward to. Nakakahiya kasi nadamay pa si @concepciongabby. Boy Abunda always said “honor your pain” and that’s what i’ll do, i won’t force myself to pretend okay ang lahat. You & i deserve much more than the pretend version of me. SEE YOU… WHEN I AM ME AGAIN. 🖤

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Meanwhile, in a statement with Rappler, MMFF spokesperson Noel Ferrer clarified last August 17, 2019, that “the official correspondence about the decision will be sent to the concerned producers of (K)Ampon by Monday.” Whether the film will be pulled out of MMFF 2019 or not, it would depend on the producers’ response to the festival’s letter.

Also read: LOOK: Kris Aquino Lets Fans Decide if She Should Push Through with Her MMFF Film

The ‘Queen of All Media’ turned to her followers on Sunday, though, for guidance on her plans to go to Boracay instead today – supposedly their first day of shooting. She says, “I’m taking the 2 boys on the 20th to Boracay (para hindi na lang maisip na yun dapat ang 1st shooting day)- I know maraming changes. So, please guide us?”

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since i feel we’re a community here sa IG, i have questions… i’m taking the 2 boys on the 20th to Boracay (para hindi na lang maisip na yun dapat ang 1st shooting day)- i know maraming changes. So please guide us? 1. Electric tricycles meron pa? Kuya Josh loves them? 2. Jet ski still allowed? My 2 love them. 3. Cell signal is good? What’s stronger, Globe or Smart? 4. Good hospital for urgent care or should we bring all my emergency supplies? 5. Strong water pressure? Good electricity? Reliable generators? 6. Where are the good coffee & tea (milk tea) places? 7. Malakas ang wifi sa mga hotel? 8. Restaurant recommendations? Family friendly food, please. Thank you very much. Will wait for your replies. #itsmorefuninthephilippines

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Among the first four entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019  are VIVA Films’ “Miracle in Cell #7” starring Aga Muhlach and Bela Padilla; “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” with Kapuso stars Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza; and “Momolland” featuring Dimples Romana and Tony Labrusca along with Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis.

It would have been exciting to see Kris in a horror movie again, don’t you think?






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