Status Quo star in Thai comedy

British rockers set for 'Care Factor Zero'

Grizzled British rockers Status Quo will bring their own brand of mayhem and misadventure to Thailand next year when they star in Thai-set comedy caper “Care Factor Zero.”

Movie sees band members Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt embark on a wild chase. They are pursued on the Orient Express by bikers and an organized crime gang and dragged into a game of Russian roulette. Pic ends with a triumphant concert in Bangkok.

“Zero” is being put together on a budget of $6.8 million by the band’s Status Quo Films company and U.K. multihyphenate Stuart St. Paul.

Some 70% of coin is coming from Rainbow Films, an affiliate of Germany’s Highlight Communica tions. Highlight subsid Constantin Film is in negotiations to handle world sales rights. Remaining finance will be U.K. and Thai-sourced, involving a Blighty private investor. The band’s music and DVD labels, Warner Bros (U.K.) and Universal, are also understood to be considering boarding the British component. Thai investors are also weighing financial commitment in return for a share of SE Asian revenues.

Status Quo, which has sold more than 118 million records, wrap its U.K tour on Dec. 23 and will play a single full live concert in Bangkok in mid-March, before playing Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East on its way back to England.

“Zero” is skedded to lense in Thailand between the two tours — from Feb. 2 to March 14. Full package also envisions a “making-of” documentary for TV and a live DVD of the Bangkok concert.

Band will also play live at the Cannes film fest to clips of the movie shot in Thailand.

Movie’s other cast include Ralph Brown (“Withnail and I”), Laura Aikman (“Blood Monkeys”), Bruce Jones (“The Full Monty”), Jeff Hordley (TV’s “Emmerdale”) and Ryan Kwanten (“Summerland,” “Home and Away”).

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