Thursday, September 9, 2010

Magnet sticks with Ong-Bak 3 for U.S. release

Magnolia Pictures' genre label Magnet Releasing has acquired the U.S. rights to Ong-Bak 3, the third and final installment in Tony Jaa's magnum-opus martial-arts trilogy.

Tony writes, directs and stars in Ong-Bak 3, which picks up from the cliffhanger ending of Ong-Bak 2.

Jaa is beaten and brutalized in a warlord's prison. He is then rehabilitated back to health by his old friends, and through the help of a spiritual guru, he perfects the new fighting form of Nathayut before facing the ultimate enemy: the fierce supernatural warrior Demon Crow, played by Dan Chupong (Dynamite Warrior).

Magnolia released the contemporary-set action drama Ong-Bak in the U.S. in 2005 and continued with the historical-drama prequel Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning in 2009.

A U.S. theatrical release for Ong-Bak 3 is planned for January 2011.

“Tony Jaa is undoubtedly the greatest martial arts star of our time,” says Magnet SVP Tom Quinn. “We’re thrilled to be taking our journey with Tony full circle by bringing ‘Ong Bak 3’ to his American fans.”

Quinn negotiated the deal with Sahamongkol’s Gilbert Lim.

Other Thai Magnet titles, all from Sahamongkol, include Nonzee Nimibutr's Legend of the Tsunami Warrior (Queens of Langkasuka), Thanakorn Pongsuwan's Demon Warriors (Opapatika), Chocolate, Mercury Man and Mum Jokmok's two Bodyguard movies.

Ong-Bak 3 makes its North American premiere at Fantastic Fest, from September 23 to 30 in Austin, Texas.

Via IndieWire)

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