‘Fast and Furious 7′ screening halted in Thailand
Bangkok: A Thai court today prohibited the screening of American action movie ‘Fast and Furious 7′, pending settlement of a breach of contract dispute between a local company and the film’s Thai star Panom Yeerum.
Panom, also known as Tony Jaa and Tachakorn, is accused of breaching a 10-year contract, valid until 2023, with Sahamongkol Film by working in the movie.
The plaintiff has demanded 1.6 billion baht (USD49.1 million) in compensation. The film was due to release on April 1.
Thailand’s Civil Court granted an injunction forbidding the release of the film, pending further deliberation.
Panom, 38, said he could never forget the contribution Sahamongkol made to his career, but he had to take opportunities when they appeared, media here quoted him as saying.
The defendants in the case are Panom, Universal Pictures, which produced the film, and the distributor United International Pictures Far East Co.
The action movie was brought by Somsak “Sia Jiang” Techaratanaprasert, the founder of Sahamongkol Film.