There could be more flesh-eating ghosts on the way from Brit abroad Paul Spurrier as he revealed tentative plans for a sequel to his film P to Eat My Brains in Bangkok recently.
While in town to cover the BKKIFF I met up with Paul on several occasions and during our last meeting on Monday evening the director let slip that he’d been approached to develop a sequel to his festival hit.
Seemingly a little surprised at the news he told me that he intends to spend the next couple of weeks working on some potential storylines and indicated that the plot would feature all new characters coming up against the same ‘phii bawb’ ghost from his first film.
He also speculated that if the film does happen then he’d again like to make it entirely Thai language, but he would also be more aware of the international market and promised it would be nastier, gorier and sexier than before. If the project goes forward then shooting is likely to take place in Thailand in January 2007.
One thing in particular we discussed was the special effects and make-up in the first film and Paul revealed how tiring and time consuming it had been travelling to Hong Kong to get his effects shots completed. He joked how he’d love to have Brian Yuzna’s former cohort Screaming Mad George (Society) on board, as he’s apparently based in SE Asia nowadays, but then went on to say that it would be an ideal opportunity for any budding UK special effects / make-up people who are looking to get their first break in the movie business – so if that sounds like you, then drop us a line and we’ll pass on your details to Paul!
As for the original P which of course featured in our Top Ten Films of 2005, the good news is that it is still finding an audience, with a recent theatrical run in Spain, and confirmed distribution deals for both the UK (via Anchor Bay) and the US (via MediaBlasters), although no specific release dates have been announced as yet.
As we parted company on Monday night Paul was headed for a private screening of his film with the head of Sahamongkol Film, the largest distributor in Thailand, so there’s still hope that P will yet secure a much-deserved cinema release there, bearing in mind that Paul made the film specifically for the domestic market.
In the meantime until any deals are finalised, Paul is busy working on another local production, an epic Thai adventure story with the working title Edge Of Empire, where he has been lending his skills as director of photography. The film is currently in post-production.