That did not take long.
The same day the four remaining boys and their soccer coach were rescued from Tham Luang cave in Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province, a movie based on the heroic incident was confirmed to be in early development — and it appears it’s not the only one.
Pure Flix Entertainment and its managing partner Michael Scott are looking to secure rights for a movie about the dozen boys and the supervisor who were trapped deep in a flooded labyrinth-like cave for 17 days.
“I could not be more excited; this story has meant so much to me as I followed it,” Scott said on Tuesday from the scene of the flood. “My wife actually grew up with the Thai NAVY Seal who tied in the cave. To see all that bravery in the cave and then to get all the divers out has been such a touching event.”
“We’re here looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people around the globe,” he continued. “We’re here witnessing the events and gathering some contact information to really tell a story about the entire world coming together to save 13 kids trapped in a cave on the Chinese border.”’
“Now You See Me 2” director Jon M. Chu had something to say about that, expressing concern over the movie being white-washed.
As such, Chu is teaming up with Ivanhoe Picture to attain the rights to the movie. Multiple studios are reportedly interested in distributing the film.
The boys and their coach entered the cave on June 23 prior to the rainfall. The incident attracted international attention and support and from July 8 to July 10 divers began rescuing the lost party.
In fact, Hollywood’s interest in bringing the story to the screen has become so intense that there are as many as six potential projects in the works, which has led the Thai government to propose forming a special committee to oversee the various feature films, documentaries and videos about the daring rescue.
There are also concerns that the rescued boys may be exploited, something that Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam wants to avoid. According to Associated Press, he noted that foreign media “may not know the consequences of our child protections laws. Even if unintentional, but if guilty, we can conduct legal proceedings against foreigners.”
As AP reports, Wissanu and Culture Minister Vira Rojpochanarat have revealed that five foreign films are in the works, and members of these various productions have already paid visits to the Thai government to gather information about the process.
Discussing Hollywood’s interest in the amazing rescue, Rojpochanarat told AP that the story “has all the right elements. If you talk about drama associated with filmmaking, it has everything. It has loss as well as jubilation. The content and story it has for filmmaking is very complete. Even if you don’t create additional drama, these events had every flavour.”