'Warrior' blossoms with Magnolia's release


Magnolia Pictures has acquired all North American rights to "Dynamite Warrior" (Tabunfire), a martial arts movie from Thailand directed by Chalerm Wongpim. Magnolia will release the film domestically this summer.

Produced by Prachya Pinkaew ("Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior"), the movie stars Dan Chupong ("Born to Fight") as "the Rocket Thief," a young man bent on revenge after witnessing his parents' murder. It features stunts by stunt coordinator Panna Rittikrai, who also worked on "Ong Bak."

" 'Dynamite Warrior' is an absolute blast. We're very happy to be working again with Sahamongkolfilm and Panna Rittikrai, who on the basis of this film and 'Ong Bak,' has established himself as one of the world's masters at orchestrating incredible action stunt mayhem," Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said.

Magnolia's head of acquisitions Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Sahamongkolfilm exec vp Gilbert Lim. The two companies previously worked together on the launch of martial arts star Tony Jaa in his breakout film "Ong Bak."

"Magnolia Pictures did a tremendous job introducing Tony Jaa to North American audiences. We're very excited to be working with them in a continuing effort to revolutionize the genre," Gilbert Lim.