Not so fast: Court forbids ‘Furious 7’ release in Thailand

Nowhere are people more excited to see Tony Jaa next week in Fast & Furious 7 than here in Thailand, except now they won’t be able to.

The Civil Court has barred the movie from being shown due to ongoing litigation by Sahamongkol Film International against Tony for allegedly breaking his contract with the Thai cinema juggernaut to take the role in Hollywood. His contract is valid until 2023.

In 2013, Sahamongkol Film went to court to demand THB1.6 billion compensation and 7.5 percent interest from the action star and requested the court to block the release of movie when it opens next week.

So the movie won’t be shown here until the court rules otherwise. The trial is set on June 15, according to Suwat Apaiyasak, a lawyer for Sahamongkol Film International.

Suwat added cinemas are welcomed to negotiate with Sahamongkol Film. If the negotiation is satisfactory, the company may withdraw their complaint, Matichon reported.

Photo: Universal Pictures



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