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The Great Khmer Empire Movie

A NEW production company has begun pre-production on a feature film to be shot in Cambodia with an estimated budget of US$70 million.

Thomas Magyar, the film’s executive producer, said yesterday that the movie, The Great Khmer Empire, would be set in the Angkorian period and aim to rival historic epics such as Hollywood films Troy and Alexander.

“This is a big movie. The estimated budget is $70 million,” he said.

Producers planned to approach Angelina Jolie to play the female lead, and John Cena, a seven-time World Wrestling Entertainment champion and actor, to play the male lead.

Magyar, who is also CEO of the International Bodyguard and Security Services’ Association in South East Asia, said the film would be produced by the company Parable Studio Green Asia, a collaboration among filmmakers from Cambodia, Hungaria and Hollywood.

He said that although the company had not yet secured all of the necessary funding for the project, he expected  the film to be completed within the next three years.

“We have already started the storyboard and the script,” he said, and added that Hungarian director Gabor Forgacs and Cambodian director Thourn Sinan had already “come aboard” the project.

Som Sokun, secretary of state  at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said yesterday that the ministry had not yet given official permission for the film, but that its general policy was to  encourage foreign productions.

“We are happy to welcome the Hollywood film production,” he said.

Magyar said he planned to meet with officials at the ministry on Monday to discuss the project further.

The announcement came at a press conference held at the Ministry of Information and attended by American actor and world karate champion Tony Schiena.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Schiena is known as “the bad boy of karate” due to “his unorthodox training methods and aggressive fighting style”.
It was unclear exactly what role Schiena would play in the production of The Great Khmer Empire, but he said that he intended to “help in whatever way I can”.
Schiena said he also planned to work on environmental, anti-human trafficking and other projects during his stay in the Kingdom..
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  1. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the wonderful project you have that would greatly benefit the country of Cambodia. I highly hope the movie will educate the world and inspire people to visit Cambodia often. By the way, I would like to have a small piece of acting in the movie if you’d kindly considered. My contact numbers are: 088 77 77 665, I can be reached 24/7.

  2. October 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    That’s great!!! Our rich history will show the world. Go Cambodia, the Kingdom of wonder 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    October 23, 2010 at 2:31 am

    This movie is great… but i think you should pick one khmer actor and one khmer actress as the lead in the movie and i love to see most of Khmer stars take part in this movie.

  4. Anonymous
    October 23, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Me too…i’d like to small piece in this part of movie….i play in any role 🙂

  5. LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    December 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    ”THE ROCK” SHOULD PLAY AS KING OF KHMER not Jhon cena com on dont mess our history.. at least try THE ROCK hes PERFECT FOR THE ROLE.

  6. randomsecret
    December 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

    let use khmer fighting art boxkator in this movies

  7. February 7, 2011 at 5:04 am

    sound like its gonna be a good movie and i can’t wait to see 🙂


  8. February 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I would like to inform that
    If anyone plan to create the film (The Great Khmer Empire) concerning with the former King Jayavarman VII, please note that There are three important things relate to former King Jayavarman VII :
    1-He was King of K…ings.
    2-He was religious leader (Maitreya).
    3-He never used his strong energy of his body against his enemies, What?.
    And the last most important identity for former King Jayavarman VII is that he was not a Buddhism or Hinduism as the historians say.

    Did you know?
    King Jayavarman VII was the descendant of King David(in the Old Testament) and he was the one who will come again to this earth to fulfill the prophecy of the world.

  9. Longdy Chen
    March 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I am very to hear the title of this movie. I am looking forward to watching this movie in someday. The title of the movie is very great, wonderful, and I am sure that there are so many people are looking for that movie as I did too. I hope that this movie will appear soon to share to the audiences a round the world. Especially, there are some very famous, popular Hollywood film star, such as Mr Jonh Cena, and he is wrestler in SmackDown, or WWE stationed in USA, too. Oh! very surprise to hear that. And also this movie will make Cambodia will be known by lots of people abound the world that is Cambodia is a Kingdom of Wonder. Longdy.

  10. April 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I’m very happy when know that hollywold make movie “Great Khmer Empire”

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