Thai cave rescue could be turned into a Hollywood movie

Thai cave rescue could be turned into a Hollywood movie

Volunteers celebrate after the rescue of the boys. Image: Getty

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The rescue of twelve boys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand could be turned into a Hollywood film.

Two production companies are vying for rights to the story, and Pure Flix, an Arizona-based company that makes Christian films, had people interviewing rescuers before all the boys had even been brought to the surface.

The studio’s managing partner Michael Scott lives in Thailand and Pure Flix claimed on Twitter that he’d been helping out with the rescue efforts.

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“They came out of the cave and I couldn’t be more excited as I followed it here in Thailand,” said Mr Scott, in a video posted to Twitter.

“My wife actually grew up with the Thai navy Seal who died in the cave, all that heroic bravery in that cave, and to get all the divers out, it’s been such a touching event and so personal to me.

“We’re looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe.

“We’re just here witnessing the events and gathering some contacts to tell the story of an international effort coming together to save 13 kids trapped in a cave.”

Many responses urged the producers to cast Thai actors rather than Hollywood heavyweights.

Referencing Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a transgender man in the upcoming movie Rub and Tug, about a trans massage parlour owner, people joked about who might be cast.

Others weren’t happy about the potential of Pure Flix producing the film.

The studio is behind the 2014 movie God’s Not Dead, which tells the story of a Christian student winning a debate about whether God exists with his athiest professor.

One review described it as “as subtle as a stack of bibles falling on your head”.

But Ivanhoe Pictures, another US studio, said it had been selected by the Thai government and navy to work on the movie.

Director Jon M. Chu, who will reportedly be working with Ivanhoe on the movie, promised on twitter that he wouldn’t whitewash the project.

The caves themselves are set to be turned into a museum that will showcase how the rescue happened.

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