Thailand's GMM Tai Hub (GTH) has scored further deals on Alone, the long-awaited follow-up toThai writer-directors Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisanthanakun's horror hit Shutter.
The $2.5m project, firstunveiled at last year's Pusan,has been sold to Lark Films for Hong Kong, GoldenScreen Cinemas for Malaysia and Downtown Filmes for Brazil. Wild Side Films has taken the rights to France and Benelux as Screendailyreported earlier.
Thai pop singer-model-TVactress Marsha Wattanapanich plays the lead role of a happily married womanliving in Korea who hastily returns to Thailand when her mother is dying. But also waiting for herin the old family house is the ghost of her long dead Siamese twin, a secretthat she has been keeping to herself.
Shooting, which began inJune in Thailand, is expected to shift to Korea early next month before production wraps up by the endof November. Delivery is aimed for early 2007 which will make it the first GTHtentpole film of the year.
A promo reel with realfootage will be screened at AFM where more deals are expected to flow in.Yongyoot Thongkongtoon who previously directed The Iron Ladies franchise hits, Mingmongkol Sonakul, producer ofPen-ek Ratanaruang's Invisible Waves,and Yodphet Sudsawad of Phenomena Motion Pictures are producing the new horror.
Shutter,the directorial debut of the duo, was not only a smash hit at home and in Asia,but also crossed over to Brazil to become the top Thai film there, grossingmore than $3m through PA Pictures Worldwide.
Meanwhile, director SongyosSugmakanan is currently in Pusanfor the screening of Dorm. Thepsychological thriller is the first of six releases on GTH's slate for thisyear.
Next up is a re-editedversion of Adisorn Tresirikasem's LuckyLoser, which opens this Thursday. The comedy about a fictional footballmatch between Thailand and Laos was at the last minute withdrawn from release in Mayafter protests by the Laotian government.