Believing that Thailand's current political crisis is keeping audiences away from cinemas, director Nonzee Nimibutr has postponed the release of Queens of Langkasuka. The historical epic had been scheduled to open on August 12, Her Majesty the Queen's birthday.
The Daily Xpress reported on the postponed release in a brief on Page 15 of the print edition. Here's more:
Nonzee thinks people are too scared, worried or just plain ticked off at the moment to be interested in movies. He doesn’t want his studio, Sahamongkol Film International, to take a bath at the box office on what is, after all, his most expensive film – 200 million baht and five years in the making. Sahamongkol went along with his decision despite having already spent millions on promotion.
And that's all there is to that. Another release date is not given.
The government of Samak Sundaravej is under fire from at least two sides - on the streets from the People's Alliance for Democracy, and in Parliament, where the opposition Democrat Party staged a no-confidence debate. In postponing the release of his film, Nonzee thinks worse is yet to come, the worst being another military coup. The last one on September 19, 2006 was peaceful yet it did put enough of a dent in box-office takings that Nonzee doesn't want to take chances.
Earlier, the film's title was Queens of Pattani, but that was changed to distance the film from the violence in the three southernmost Thai provinces, one of which is Pattani.
Guess this means my planned Nonzee Nimibutr blog-a-thon is postponed as well. I'll keep an ear open for the next announced release date.