Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Red Eagle goes nuclear

Red Eagle is the much anticipated reboot of the 1960s Thai action series that starred Mitr Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowarat.

Wisit Sasanatieng announced back in December that he was going to re-imagine the series. Ananda Everingham is attached to star, stepping into the shoes of one of Thailand's most revered leading men.

And after watching Ananda take on a healthy dose of action in Queens of Langkasuka, I now have no doubts he can handle the role.

In the original series, Mitr played Rome Rittikrai, a hard-drinking, fun-loving, sloppy-drunk lush of a lawyer. But it was all just a cover for his masked alter-ego, the crime-fighting vigilante Red Eagle.

The new Red Eagle will probably be different. And there's a bit more to the story. I posted a synopsis for Red Eagle a week ago, which came from the American Film Market catalog. Now the darn thing has changed, but is still pretty enticing:

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.

The business card angle of the plot has been cleverly played up by Five Star from the outset. At the press conference back in December, all the press who signed in had a set of personalized business cards delivered to them, featuring the Red Eagle logo. Now I know what I'm supposed to do with them.

Wisit and Five Star have been pretty tight-lipped about this project since the initial press conference last year. Word was that Wisit wanted to make it a two-parter, but his producers at Five Star Production were reluctant to commit to that. So it'll be structured for satisfaction in one part, and if that goes well, they'll make another.

Wisit has since been attached as a writer collaborating with Kongkiat Khomsiri on the thriller Slice, but Red Eagle is still happening. Production is set to get under way next year.

(Via Twitch)

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