Thai Caves Saga Movie Already In The Works
It was only a matter of time.
UPDATE: Variety are reporting a second film rescue film is also in the works from director Jon M. Chu, director of the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians.
As the news broke, Chu wrote on Twitter that he planned to take control of the story, out of concerns that Hollywood could whitewash the narrative.
"Its a bit early 2truly discuss but the bigggest lesson frm making #CrazyRichAsians is that we must tell our stories," the director wrote in a follow-up tweet.
"This one is too important 2 let others dictate who the real heroes are. We have the power to not only MAKE history but be the historians that RECORD it too. So that it’s told correctly and respectfully. Couldn’t just sit here watching how others would 'interpret' this important story."
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It really was only a matter of time but it looks like a film adaptation of the Thai cave rescue is already in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pure Flix Entertainment plans to turn the story of the 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand into a feature film.
The founder and CEO of Pure Flix, Michael Scott, was reportedly at the scene where all 13 Wild Boars were freed from the cave this week -- the producer apparently lives in Thailand part time.
Pure Flix is a faith-based distributor and production company behind the God's Not Dead films, however Scott plans to release the film under their more mainstream banner Pinnacle Peak Pictures.
"The bravery and heroism I've witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us," Scott told THR.
The Wall Street Journal reported Pure Flix was seeking to secure "life rights" for those involved.
Despite Pure Flix and Pinnacle's tendency to release Christian, family films Scott said it's "not necessary" to do that with this project, but to make "an inspirational one".
According to Scott, the film became personal when he heard news of former Sgt. Saman Kunan's death while volunteering during the rescue. Scott's wife was apparently a friend of the former Navy SEAL.
"This isn't just about a movie, it's about honouring everybody involved, including the soldier who died."
The project will begin lining up screenwriters in the next few weeks, with production hoping to shoot in Thailand.
Featured image: LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images.