There are two movies reportedly in development just days after the Thai Cave rescue saved a soccer team.
The director of the upcoming feature film Crazy Rich Asians, John M. Chu, and Ivanhoe Pictures announced on Wednesday that they are developing a movie about the Thai cave rescue operation.
The director and production company made the announcement after Pure Flix Entertainment announced the company was seeking the movie rights to the rescue operation, according to The Wrap.
“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,” Chu tweeted Wednesday.
“There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.”
Ivanhoe Pictures is currently in talks with the most senior officials in Thailand and there are multiple studios who have reportedly shown interest in the project.
About the Thai Cave Rescue:
All 12 members of the Tahi boys’ soccer team and their coach have been rescued after being trapped in a cave for weeks. The news broke on Tuesday morning when the final four children and their 25-year-old coach were saved by Thai Navy SEALs.
The rescue operation included guiding the boys down a flooded cave system that took the life of one diver who attempted to reach the trapped soccer team. Some sections of the cave even required climbing equipment and some sections were so narrow that divers needed to remove their oxygen tanks to get through.
The trapped soccer team had a group of boys aged 11 to 16. They were found last Monday following a nine-day search. It was originally believed the team would stay in the cave until the end of the raining season, but that would have required the children staying in the cave for several more months. After the rain flooding in the cave worsened, a team of 90 rescue divers, 40 Thai and 50 foreign, were sent in to rescue the children.
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