The Weinstein Company haspicked up US and multiple territory rights to Thai director Prachya Pinkaew's Ong-Bak follow-up Tom Yum Goong.
The Weinsteins also holdrights in Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to the actionpicture, which is set to launch in Asia on Aug 11. TF1 International holdsremaining worldwide rights. A US release date will be set in due course.
Starring Tony Jaa, Tom YumGoong centres on a young Thai fighter who must overcome a gang led by an evilwoman as he journeys to Australia to recover stolen elephants promised to theKing of Thailand.
Jaa and Pinkaew previouslycollaborated on Ong-Bak. JohnnyNguyen, Nathan Jones, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Xing Jing, and Bongkoj Khongmalaialso star.
"Tony Jaa is a martial artssensation whose action sequences are masterful and intoxicating." HarveyWeinstein said. "I believe that the world will be seeing a lot more of Jaa inthe coming years."
Michelle Krumm brought thetitle to The Weinstein Company. Agnes Mentre and Barry Littman negotiated thedeal on behalf of The Weinstein Company with Nicolas Eschbach and SoniaAragones for TF1.