Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cannes Film Festival: Mike B.'s Sanctuary in pre-sales deals

Stuntman Mike B., recently seen in Brave, received a boost at the Cannes Film Market, where his next project, The Sanctuary, racked up a number a pre-sales deals.

The Sanctuary will be an English-language martial-arts actioner, written and directed by Brave helmer Thanapon Maliwan. It's to start filming in July. The sales agent is Action Slate Films, which has sold The Sanctuary to Luc Besson's EuropaCorp in France, Selectavision in Spain and Medya Vision for Turkey.

Here is the synopsis for The Sanctuary, from the American Film Market catalog (via Twitch):

A young Muay Thai warrior is accused of stealing a holy emerald that his master appointed him to protect. Now on the run from the police, he must retrieve the emerald from the mafia in order to prove his innocence and return the emerald to its holy place.

I watched Brave on DVD not too long ago. It's a decent DVD release and the movie has quite a few fun action sequences and jaw-dropping stunts, though also has some problems with shaky camera work and editing. Still, Mike B., a stuntman in Ong-Bak, is quite capable as a leading man, so it'll be interesting to see The Sanctuary.

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(Via Hollywood Reporter)

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