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‘King Naresuan’ expands to trilogy

Third and final installment slated for distribution in the second half of '07

BANGKOK — Thailand’s royal helmer, Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol, has decided to make his upcoming pic “The Legend of King Naresuan” a trilogy.

Last month he announced it would be a two-parter, with both volumes opening Jan. 18, Army Day in Thailand.

That plan is intact, but Yukol is shooting new material and will create a third and final installment for distribution in the second half of 2007. The Baht 500 million ($14.3 million) movies have been in production for more than 30 months.

The first movie concerns the eponymous 16th-century king’s childhood in Burma; the second centers on his war campaigns. The closing chapter will feature the historic elephant battle between Naresuan and Phra Maha Upparacha of Burma.

Sahamongkol Film Intl., which is handling sales, said it will initially present overseas buyers with a single version combining the first two movies.