The dramatic rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave complex this week transfixed news viewers around the world for more than two weeks, and the story is already headed for a retelling by Hollywood.Divers freed the last four of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach on Tuesday.The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie 'The 33' starring Antonio Banderas.Two production companies are now looking to put together movies about the Thai soccer team rescue.Thailand's Navy, whose SEAL unit led the rescue, and the Thai government have selected Ivanhoe Pictures to develop a film that would be directed by John M. Chu, the president of Ivanhoe Pictures, John Penotti, said in a statement.Ivanhoe Pictures, which has offices in the United States and in Asia, focuses on Asia and North America. It is the co-producer of the upcoming film 'Crazy Rich Asians', based on the novel by … [Read more...] about Movie makers gear up after Thai rescue
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The mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave is to get the Hollywood treatment in a movie announced by faith-based production house Pure Flix. Managing partner Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand and was at the rescue site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, made the announcement late Tuesday on Twitter. "I couldn't be more excited. This story has meant so much to me as I have followed it in Thailand this summer," he said in a video filmed at the scene of the flooded cave in the country's north. "My wife actually grew up with the Thai Navy SEAL that died in the cave. 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." Stunning video footage emerged Wednesday of several of the "Wild Boars" team -- aged 11 to 16 -- being freed from the Tham Luang cave on stretchers, ending a successful three-day rescue. They are in good physical and mental health, say doctors, … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue to be turned into Hollywood movie
HOLLYWOOD producers have landed in Thailand and are plotting a blockbuster movie about the boys who were trapped in a flooded cave. The story of the 12 young football players and their coach being saved after spending 18 days in a treacherous tunnel network in Chiang Rai has gripped the world. A US film crew arrived at the foothills of the Tham Luang cave system earlier this week to interview members of the heroic rescue team, reports News.com.au. Pure Flix films managing partner Michael Scott told AAP: “I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars”. Mr Scott and co-producer Adam Smith also plan to bring in a screenwriter and interview key players from the team of foreign rescuers and Thai Navy SEALS. They also want to sign up the exclusive rights to the stories of the victims and their families. Asked if their actions might be seen as insensitive at such a delicate time, Mr Smith said: “There’s going to be other production companies coming in so we … [Read more...] about Thai cave drama to be turned into a ‘major movie’ as Hollywood producers flock to scene during dramatic rescue effort
A US film crew has arrived in the vicinity of the Tham Luang mountain cave system where a group of teen footballers and their coach were recently trapped, as Hollywood producers regard this incident as an opportunity to make a movie. © REUTERS / Thai Navy SealEnglish Football Team to Present Rescued Thai Children With JerseysScott and his co-producer, Adam Smith, have already started conducting interviews around the site of the incident and, according to news.com.au, seek to obtain exclusive rights to the stories of the victims, their families and people involved in the rescue operation. READ MORE: All Footballers, Coach Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave, Op Completed — Reports Twelve teenagers from a Thai junior football team and their coach became trapped in the seven-kilometer-long Tham Luang cave and could not get out because rainfall had flooded the exit on June 23. After a 10-day … [Read more...] about US Filmmakers Rush to Make Movie About Thailand Cave Rescue Op
The rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand could soon be the subject of a Hollywood blockbuster. Hollywood film producers have arrived at the scene, already plotting a movie about their story, according to News.com.au. Four of the boys were rescued on Sunday, and another four were rescued overnight on Monday (NZ time) in a high-stakes rescue operation. Four more boys now need to be rescued, as well as their football coach. Thai rescuers have 48 hours to rescue boys' football team Thai cave rescue: Plan A, B or C? Thai boys' football team face 4-month wait for escape "I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars," Pure Flix films managing partner Michael Scott told AAP in Chiang Rai. Mr Scott, along with co-producer Adam Smith, have reportedly already interviewed people around the cave site. The pair also plan to bring in a screenwriter to talk to key people from the Navy SEAL and rescue teams, friends and family of the … [Read more...] about Thai cave rescue to be made into Hollywood movie?