Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cannes buyers lust after Jan Dara remake

Bidding wars erupted at the Cannes Film Market, where Sahamongkolfilm International is pushing director ML Bhandevanop "Mom Noi" Devakula's remake of the erotic drama Jan Dara (จัน ดารา).

Touted as "Thailand’s first erotic drama intended for theatrical release" it's been sold to South Korea's Daisy and Cinergy, Hong Kong's Edko, Clover Films in Singapore, Taiwan's Applause and Pioneer in the Philippines.

“We also have a lot of interest from Japanese and European distributors,” Sahamongkol executive vice president Gilbert Lim is quoted as saying by Screen Daily.

According to the industry journal, Jan Dara is in production and aiming for a September release in Thailand.

It stars Mario Maurer as the bastard son of a nobleman who is caught up in the dysfunctional family relations and a sexual rivalry with his father. Mario will portray the character Jan from his teenage years through adulthood. Images on the Kapook website show what Mario might look like.

Screen says that others in the cast are Thai actress Rhatha "Yayaying" Pho-ngam, who is also featured in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bangkok crime drama Only God Forgives and Japanese adult video actress Sho Nishino.

Based on a novel by Utsana Phleungtham, Jan Dara was previously adapted in 2001 by Nonzee Nimibutr, who's said he supports Mom Noi's new version.

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