Red Eagle is really happening.
The much-anticipated reboot of the Thai action-movie franchise by Tears of the Black Tiger director Wisit Sasanatieng has a Thai release date of October 7.
Red Eagle (Insee Dang, อินทรีเเดง ) stars Ananda Everingham as a masked vigilante crimefighter.
Ananda steps into a role most famously played by Thai screen legend Mitr Chaibancha from the 1950s to 1970, when Mitr took a fatal fall from a helicopter while filming Insee Tong (Golden Eagle).
The release date of Red Eagle is timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Mitr's death on October 8, 1970.
Musician and actress Yarinda Bunnag, who previously starred in Best of Times (Kwaam Jam San Dtae Rak Chan Yaao, ความจำสั้น แต่รักฉันยาว), co-stars.
During the Mitr Chaibancha era, Red Eagle was backed up by screen siren Petchara Chaowarat, making for one of Thai cinema's most popular pairings.
The plot of the new Red Eagle goes like this:
A nuclear power plant is about to be commissioned upon the signing of corrupt and power hungry politicians. The citizens are in frenzy, as they oppose this plan but they cannot do a thing about it. And so, a hero was born, chasing down the criminals and the corrupt, killing of whatever threatens the city's well being. He leaves a card with his name simply as "THE RED EAGLE". However, the hero becomes the hunted, when the politicians send out their best defense, known as “THE BLACK DEMON”.
A teaser trailer will coming soon.
I hope to be among the first to see it.
Meanwhile, there's also Wisit's Iron Pussy: A Kimchi Affair, a short that Wisit did with Michael Shaowanasai as part of Camellia, a.k.a. the Busan Project, due to premiere at this year's Pusan International Film Festival.
It's going to be a busy October for Wisit and his fans.
Update: Oh, check this out.