After ditching his his usual director Prachya Pinkaew (The Protector, Ong Bak) to direct Ong Bak 2 and 3 himself, Thai action superstar Tony Jaa reportedly had a bit of a meltdown and became a monk. Well, that didn't last long: he's going back into production The Protector 2, or rather as it will be called in Thailand, Tom Yung Goon 2. The first film saw Tony Jaa flipping and kneeing his way through Australia in pursuit of his stolen elephant. Somehow it's hard to imagine and American remake of that…
The first film was a little silly but featured a gaggle of classic action sequences, including a stunning fight scene in a Buddhist temple that was both flooded and on fire, as well as a technically dazzling one-take fight sequence that followed Jaa up several stories of a building, kicking everyone's ass along the way. Take a look. It's a doozy.
No word yet on what the plot will be, but we imagine it's probably elephant-based. It's also going to be in 3-D, which… we will try not to bitch about, despite really, really wanting to. In better news, the film will team Jaa with "Jeeja" Yanin Vismitananda, who previously starred in another breakout Thai action film, Chocolate. ThailandBlogs had the story.
Crave Online will be back with more Protector 2 news, provided we can find our elephant.