U.S. rights to Thai martical arts feature "Ong Bak 2" have been picked up by Magnolia Pictures. The sequel to "Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior," directed by Tony Jaa, will be released via Magnolia's genre label Magnet later this year. Tom Quinn, Senior Vice President of Magnolia negotiated the deal with Gilbert Lim of Sahamongkol Film International. "Ong Bak 3" is currently in production, and is slated for a December 2009 opening in Thailand.
"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 in a statement. "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."