The dramatic rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave complicated this week transfixed information viewers round the world for greater than two weeks, and the story is already headed for a retelling by Hollywood.
Divers freed the final 4 of the 12 boys and their grownup coach on Tuesday.
The saga is harking back to the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped for 69 days, a story that was was the 2015 movie “The 33” starring Antonio Banderas.
Two manufacturing firms are actually seeking to put collectively films about the Thai soccer team rescue.
Thailand’s Navy, whose SEAL unit led the rescue, and the Thai authorities have chosen Ivanhoe Pictures to develop a movie that will be directed by John M Chu, the president of Ivanhoe Pictures, John Penotti, stated in a press release.
Ivanhoe Pictures, which has places of work in the United States and in Asia, focuses on Asia and North America. It is the co-producer of the upcoming movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” based mostly on the novel by Kevin Kwan and directed by Chu.
“I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story!” Chu, who was born in California and has Chinese heritage, tweeted.
“There’s a beautiful story about human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking about the story better approach it right and respectfully,” added Chu.
The different firm seeking to develop a movie on the occasion is U.S.-based Pure Flix, which makes a speciality of Christian and household movies.
Pure Flix co-founder Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand a part of the yr, stated producers from his firm have been on the floor interviewing rescue staff for a possible movie. He stated his spouse grew up with Samarn Poonan, the former Thai navy SEAL who died throughout the mission.
“It’s Thai, Westerners, Europeans, Aussies – people from all over the world who helped bring these kids to safety,” Scott instructed Reuters. “I think there is a worldwide appeal which I think will inspire millions across the globe.”
Like the Chilean rescue, the Thai drama showcases real-life braveness in the face of harrowing circumstances, stated Mike Medavoy, the Oscar-nominated producer of “The 33.”
“It’s about the triumphs of individuals and groups of human beings over tragedy,” Medavoy stated. “It’s a terrific story.”
Bringing the Thai drama to the display faces hurdles, nonetheless.
First, filmmakers have to safe the rights from every of the boys’ households, the coach, and any rescuers they need to painting so as to get their firsthand accounts of what occurred. The boys vary in age from 11 to 16.
And replicating the rescue on display could possibly be pricey.
“The 33” was filmed in Colombia and Chile and produced for about $24 million. A movie about the Thai rescue could possibly be made for much less, Medavoy stated, as a result of filming in Thailand is cheaper.
But the rescue in murky water presents an added problem.
“The water and scuba diving scenes would be expensive,” stated Judi Farkas, the literary agent who represented writer Antonio Mendez on the movie rights sale of his guide “Argo” for the Oscar-winning movie. “Any time you film in water it’s expensive.”
In addition, a big-screen manufacturing probably would take years to deliver to theaters, and producers must determine if curiosity will stay as soon as the story fades from the headlines, Medavoy stated.
“The 33” introduced in $24.9 million at theaters worldwide, in keeping with Box Office Mojo, simply barely greater than its manufacturing funds.
The Thai rescue may additionally draw curiosity from TV networks, which may present a faster path to the display.
In the meantime, information programming is feeding public urge for food for the story.
On Tuesday, US tv community ABC aired a particular version of “20/20” targeted on the mission, and the Discovery Channel introduced it will air a one-hour documentary on Friday.