Thai director in for Singapore-backed rom-com

Ekachai Uekrongtham shoots for early 2009 release

SINGAPORE -- Thai director Ekachai Uekrongtham will helm a romantic comedy tentatively titled "The Wedding of the Year" backed by Singaporean movie producers MediaCorp. Raintree Pictures and Scorpio East Pictures, Raintree said Monday.

The film, with a budget of S$1.3 million-$1.5 million ($860,000-$992,000), will tell the story of two celebrated artists as they publicly announce their marriage, much to the delight of fans. However, as the story unfolds, what goes on behind the camera seems to differ from what the public witnesses.

The producers, who are looking at collaborating with a Malaysian investor for the regional project, are in talks with Christopher Lee and Fann Wong to join the cast.

Co-written by Desmond Sim, Dennis Chew and Uekrongtham ("Beautiful Boxer"), the film is slated to open in Singapore during Chinese New Year in 2009.