The president of Sahamongkol Film International announced today he will withdraw the lawsuit filed against Tony Jaa over his role in “Fast & Furious 7.”
Studio mogul Somsak Techaratanaprasert, aka “Sia Jiang,” said today he has instructed his lawyers to end litigation against Tony Jaa by withdrawing the case from the Civil Court.
In Sept. 2013 the studio first announced it would sue Tony, claiming the action star was in breach of contract by taking the role in the international blockbuster just after renewing an exclusive, 10-year contract with the Sahamongkol. In response the star sought through his lawyers to be released from the contract.
At the time, the company demanded THB1.6 billion compensation plus 7.5 percent interest, alleging the action star ditched the project “Ai Noom Kangnam” in which the company had invested THB26 million.
The lawsuit almost put the brakes on the March opening of Fast 7 in Thailand.
Without disclosing anything further, Somsak said the matter would be put to rest and Sahamongkol would focus on making its own blockbuster industry in Thailand.
“I got work to do too!” Somsak said.
Somsak said today he will give Tony Jaa his freedom to follow his dreams without any baggage, adding he is an old man himself and has forgiven the action star, whom he used to love like a son.
Sounds like good plot material for him to get started on those non-Naresuan, non-Ong Bak, non-Tum Yum Gung blockbusters.
Somsak said he hasn’t been in touch with Tony since the split but told Thairath, “We don’t have any conflicts anymore.”