The incredible, inspirational rescue of the soccer team and their coach that were trapped in Thailand caves is already being targeted for movie adaptations.
There are currently two projects in development:
– Pure Flix / Michael Scott:
First to announce a plan for Thailand cave rescue movie was Pure Flix Entertainment, the faith-based production company known for the God’s Not Dead movie franchise. Pure Flix CEO and co-founder Michael Scott took to Facebook with news that he was looking at spearheading a film based on these events.
“We’re here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe,” Scott said, revealing that his wife had grown up with the Thai Navy SEAL that tragically lost his life in the gargantuan effort. Watch his announcement below:
In an interview with THR, Scott said, “It’s not necessary to make this a Christian film, just an inspirational one.” He also said the film would be coming to life with a budget of between $US30 million to $US60 million, which would make it one of the most expensive movies the studio has produced. Writers are now being lined up.
– Ivanhoe Pictures / Jon M. Chu:
Jon M. Chu, known for Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Now You See Me 2 and upcoming comedy Crazy Rich Asians, will potentially be directing another adaptation.
THR reports that Ivanhoe Pictures president John Penotti has entered talks with the Thailand Navy and government to develop a film focusing on the rescue that captured the world’s attention.
Chu tweeted that he would not “let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story”.
I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch. That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell. There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) July 11, 2018
So there you have it: as of now, it appears we’ll be getting two films based on the Thailand rescue. Time will tell if they both completely materialise or which will hit cinemas first. Stay tuned.