The Thailand Cave Rescue Is Due To Become A Movie
When you look back on the past fortnight in Thailand, what was achieved has been incredible. There have been highs and lows throughout but they have all escaped as safely as possible and are now being treated in hospital.
As those 12 young footballers and their coach sat miles inside a cave, there were hundreds of thousands of people finding ways to rescue them. A former Navy Seal diver even lost his life in an attempt to save the group.
And now many people have started to question how long it will be before the tale is told in the form of the big screen and now it's been confirmed that a production company will adapt the incredible true story of 'bravery and heroism'.
Michael Scott, the CEO and co-founder of Pure Flix Entertainment, has been on the scene of the rescue for several days, as he lives in Thailand part-time.
During a phone call from Thailand, he told The Hollywood Reporter: "The bravery and heroism I've witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us".
Scott revealed that he is likely to release the film under Pure Flix's more mainstream banner called Pinnacle Peak.
He added: "It's not necessary to make this a Christian film, just an inspirational one."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producer has spoken to the divers involved in the rescue mission and also some of the family members of the boys trapped inside the cave system.
It is believed that he hasn't spoken to the boys themselves as they are still receiving treatment in hospital.
The producer said he will be lining up screenwriters in the next few weeks and the film will be co-produced by Adam Smith of Kaos Entertainment. It will apparently carry a budget of $30million (£22m) to $60m (£45m), larger than most movies from Pure Flix and Pinnacle. It is thought that he will shoot the film in Thailand.
Scott said that the story became even more 'personal' to him when former Sgt. Suman Kunan died on Friday while volunteering as a rescuer, since Kunan was his wife's friend.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: "This isn't just about a movie, it's about honouring everybody involved, including the soldier who died.
"This was truly a team effort involving Brits, Aussies, Americans and Thais, and the divers told us incredible stories.
"They had less than five metres' visibility, fought harsh currents and used a buddy system of two divers for each boy rescued. It was a monumental effort."
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