Luc Besson'sEuropaCorp will co-produce Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng's (Tears of the Black Tiger) next projectwith Five Star Production Company.
The deal marks the French mini-major's first full-fleged forayinto Asian film production, having previously produced films such as the French/Japanese thriller Wasabi in the French language.
Titled Nam Prix (which translates as hot chilli sauce),
According to EuropaCorp's artistic advisor Francois DaSilva, in Bangkok for the launch of the project, his company is looking atseveral other Asian projects with the aim of co-producing more films in theregion.
EuropaCorp has an ongoing relationship with Sasanatieng: earlier this year, the French mini-majorpicked up US and European sales rights to the director's current film,
Europa's ties with Thailand also stretch beyond Sasanatieng. Among the films it has handled for international sales are Tanit Jitnukul Bangrajan and Prachya Pinkaew's Ong-bak.
Sasanatieng first developed the story for Nam Prix seven yearsago; a food-based tale, it melds an ancient myth with a famous Thai dish andhis script was selected for the Pusan Promotion Planin 2002.
Five Star,established in 1973, is one of Thailand'soldest production houses. This year, it has Thai distribution rights on Pen-ek Ratanaruang's current project