AMW International, an independent Thai media group, used Hong Kong's FilMart to launch its new film Lord Of The Rainy Season.

The project is based on Claire Keefe-Fox's historical novel of the same title Le Ministre Des Moussons documenting France's first official foray into Asia and the meeting between explorer Phaulcon and King Narai of Siam.

AMW International's managing director Scott Rosenberg estimated the production to have a budget of some $10m and said that he had already received a chunk of development money from the French government. "I'd like to set this up as a Franco-Thai co-production and to bring in a US partner which would enable us to balance the Thai historic and artistic aspects with action and effects."