Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Saskia Reeves have started shooting in Bangkok on The Tesseract, the film adaptation of The Beach writer Alex Garland's second novel.

Previously developed at BBC Films, the project is now set up as a Japanese-Thai production directed by Oxide Pang, the Hong Kong-Thai director who won the FIPRESCI prize at Toronto with gangster film Bangkok Dangerous. It marks the first production from Japanese book publisher Artist House, which has begun acquiring film rights to novels. Also on board are Aoi Advertising Promotions and Toshiba Digital Frontiers.

Since Garland stopped adapting the project with the BBC, Pang and UK novelist Patrick Neate, who won the Whitbread award for Twelve Bar Blues, have been working on the script. The multi-stranded story revolves around an English drugs mule, a Thai cartel boss, a psychiatrist, and a street kid.