Magnolia Picks Up “Ong Bak” Sequel

The Wagner/Cuban Companies’ Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to the Thai martial arts epic Ong Bak 2. The highly anticipated sequel to Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, the sequel is directed by star Tony Jaa, and delivers even more impressive martial arts wizardry that its predecessor. The film was originally released in Thailand in December of 2008, and will be released theatrically by Magnet (Magnolia’s genre label) later this year.

“When we first saw the original ‘Ong Bak,’ after picking our jaws off the floor, we knew we wanted to be in the Tony Jaa business. It put us on the map as a home for the best in genre fare, and helped make our genre label Magnet possible,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “We’re beyond thrilled to be able to carry the franchise forward and continue our relationship with Tony, Sahamongkol, and the entire creative team involved.”

“We are exceptionally happy with the deal with Magnolia,” said Gilbert Lim, Executive Vice President of Sahamongkol Film International. “They did a wonderful job with the release of the original ‘Ong Bak,’ and it feels great to be back in business again with ‘Ong Bak 2.’ I am certain that the movie is in great hands.”

Ong Bak 3 is currently in production, and is slated for a December 2009 opening in Thailand.