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The third, and most-recent, Ong-Bak film came out in 2010, featuring Tony Jaa as the resurrected warrior Tien defends his village from the vicious Bhuti Sangkha (Dan Chupong). Could a fourth Ong-Bak movie be in the works? Perhaps, though you have to filter through some truths before you unearth a nugget of speculation.
Here’s what we know for sure. A 3D, side-scrolling Ong-Bak video game is in development, and Kan Supabanpot, general manager at the Thai developer Studio HIVE, sat down with PlayStation Lifestyle to spill details. He said that users will be playing as an unnamed character portrayed by Jaa, and that the seasoned fighter and his stunt team were “heavily involved” in the design of the game’s action sequences and fight moves.
But when asked if the game’s plot will follow the first Ong-Bak, which was set in contemporary times, or flash back to the 15th century of the Ong-Bak sequels, Supabanpot might have tipped his hat to a potential movie.
“It is based on the project that has yet to be announced so that’s why it’s still a bit of a secret and no screenshots to go along with our initial announcement,” Supabanpot revealed.
Now, is that “project” a future Ong-Bak movie? It sure sounds like it. He could however, be referring to a book, a graphic novel, another video game … the possibilities are endless. Jaa easily could crank out another Ong-Bak, and if it ties into a companion video game, all the better. But action fans are a fickle bunch. We want a video game to go with Gareth Evans’ The Raid. Ong-Bak and its high-flying Muay Thai fight methods have to win us over. I can’t wait to see them try.