Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sahamongkol at EFM, screening Ong-Bak 2, talking up Ong-Bak 3 and selling Queens of Langkasuka

Aside from Fireball, there's another Thai action film screening at the European Film Market -- Ong-Bak 2.

Sahamongkol is in talks to sell Tony Jaa's magnum opus to the U.S., France, Italy and Japan, according to Screen Daily.

The sequel Ong-Bak 3, meanwhile, has begun production and is due for release on December 5, 2009, says its star and director, Tony Jaa.

An oblation ceremony to mark the beginning of production was held last week in Surin, and video of the event -- with Tony sporting a new haircut for his birthday (he turned 33 on February 5) -- is on YouTube. The TonyJaa.org forum has more details of the ceremony, which involved not only a meal for the Buddhist monks taking part in the ritual, but also dinner for 65 elephants.

Another historical epic is also in Berlin -- Sahamongkol sold Nonzee Nimibutr's Queens of Langkasuka to distributors in France, Germany and Turkey. It would be nice to see it picked up in an English-speaking territory, and get a DVD release -- but maybe that's hoping for too much.

EFM wraps up on February 15.

(Via Screen Daily)

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