The miraculous rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand seems ready-made to be adapted into a Hollywood movie.
And just days after the children were pulled from the cave on Tuesday (July 10) it’s been revealed that at least two film companies are looking to make a big screen drama telling the story of the rescue.
Producers didn’t waste time in scoping out the story’s potential to be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster.
US studio Pure Flix announced that it had producers at the scene interviewing rescue workers before all 13 people had even been brought out.
The company – which specialises in Christian films – was founded by Michael Scott, who now lives in Thailand and claims his wife grew up with Saman Gunan, the former Thai Navy Seal member who lost his life during the mission.
“To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it’s just such a touching event and so personal to me,” he said in a video on Twitter.
But Ivanhoe Pictures – an LA-based production company – claim they have been given blessing by the Thai government to develop an ‘official’ adaptation.
It’s rumoured that director Jon M Chu will be helming the project, but many on social media have suggested the film could focus more on the white, international characters, rather than the locals at the centre of the story.
Chu downplayed this suggestion, saying on Twitter that he refuses 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.”
But some social media users shared their predicted casting choices on Twitter:
— Jun Kit Man (@Jun_Man) July 11, 2018
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) July 11, 2018
First look at Scarlett Johansson in Thai cave rescue movie. pic.twitter.com/0FWH4MFTzZ
— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) July 11, 2018
Hollywood loves a good rescue
It’s not the first time a story of this type has made it to cinema screens.
2015 saw the release of The 33, starring Antonio Banderas and based on the rescue of thirty-three Chilean miners who were trapped inside the San José Mine for more than two months.
That film was poorly received by critics, who blamed a lack of focus and a formulaic structure, despite an inspirational story told through solid performances.
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