The legend of Ong-Bak 3 begins after Tien (Tony Jaa) has lost his fighting skills and his beloved step-father at the Garuda's Wing cliff from the raid led by Jom Rachan (Saranyu Wongkrajang). Tien is brought back to life with the help from Pim (Primrata Dech-udom) as well as Mhen (Petchtai Wongkamlao) and the Kana Khone villagers. Deep into the meditation taught by Phra Bua (Nirutti Sirijanya), Tien finally is able to achieve Nathayut. His talents are put to the test again when his rivals including the Golden-Armored King's Guard (Supakorn 'Tok' Kitsuwan), the mysterious killers in black, and Bhuti Sangkha (Dan Chupong) return for the final massive showdown.
So not only will Dan Chupong be returning in the form of a black bird, it appears Petchtai "Mum Jokmok" Wongkamlao's village idiot character, briefly seen in a comic moment in Ong-Bak 2, will be expanded, and the romantic angle that amounted to very little in the -- I keep wanting to say first movie -- will likely play a bigger part here too.
Twitch also has news on Prachya Pinkaew's next project, and it's not the English-language City of Angels with Robin Shou, which is still in development. It's Ta Bang Marn, a Thai action drama "about a group of village girls who team up to protect the 'special child'." This sounds like it could be the Seven Samurai-inspired story that was hinted at in Udine earlier this year.
Prachya's name also came up in a recent Variety piece that attached the Ong-Bak and Chocolate helmer to Elephant White or White Elephant, which would star Djimon Hounsou. I haven't seen much else about that though.
Also at AFM, Twitch's Todd Brown checks out the Phranakorn booth, which has a big slate and is promoting its future projects, among them the very fun-sounding comedy horror, The Intruder, which stars "Golf" Akara Amarttayakul and a bunch of snakes.