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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 23, 2010 at 2:41 am

    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 23, 2010 at 4:09 am

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

  3. Anonymous
    October 23, 2010 at 9:31 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 10:04 am

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

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