Last we heard from Tony Jaa, easily the best movie martial artist working today, he had abandoned work on Ong-Bak 2 to go meditate in the jungle. It now looks like he’ll be coming back to finish the movie.
Following a face-to-face meeting between Jaa and Sahamongkolfilm Int’l boss Somsak Techaratanaprasert, it looks likely that Jaa will return to the set of "Ong-bak 2." Techaratanaprasert has agreed to finance the rest of the film under the supervision of director Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-Bak, The Protector) and and action choreographer Panna Rittkrai (Ong-Bak, The Protector).
It doesn’t really matter who finishes the movie, the important thing is that it’s not Brett Ratner.
Last weekend, Jaa’s lawyer created a sensation when he put forward a 7-point series of demands, including a Baht 50 million ($1.5 million) flat fee for the actor and the cancellation of the 10-year contract between Jaa and Sahamongkol.
Techaratanaprasert refused, saying only that negotiation of any kind will only resume after "Ong-bak 2" is completed.
The location of the meeting added to the bizarre nature of the story. Jaa, who walked off the set in early June to meditating in the jungle, visited the National Police Office on Monday afternoon to seek help from a senior police officer claiming that he was being stalked by mysterious men.
Techaratanaprasert joined him there and began to hammer out their differences, some two weeks after the dispute became public nearly two weeks ago. [Variety]
To review, Tony Jaa went into the jungle to meditate, then claimed he was being stalked by mysterious men. Everyone said he was crazy, and he agreed to come back and pretend everything’s okay. I think it’s pretty clear what happens now. The mysterious men come back and start terrorizing everyone, and the only one who can stop them is Tony Jaa. They said he was a loose cannon. But this time around, he’s just what the doctor ordered.