The rescue of twelve boys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand has now inspired Hollywood producers to plan a film surrounding the recent story of their rescue. Their misadventure definitely has a happy ending, with all the boys making it out alive, despite one casualty of a rescuer that drowned.
The Moo Pa (Wild Boars) academy team and their football coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, got trapped inside the six mile Tham Luang cave in the Doi Nang Non mountain, and were trapped for a full nine days before being discovered by rescue divers, who located them trapped on a ledge surrounded by water.
The rescue mission was carefully constructed with many countries lending their help to the Thai authorities who needed to teach each young boy how to dive through a two mile long exit path. However, even as the complex rescue was underway, Hollywood sprang into action with their plans for a film. Some are saying that it might be an insensitive idea due to how soon to the rescue efforts it has been.
Hollywood producers were already on the scene while teams of Navy SEALs and cave diving experts from around the world removed the boys one at a time.
American producer Michael Scott travelled to the scene alongside co-producer Adam Smith to conduct preliminary interviews. “I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars.” he told Australian news outlet APP.
Michael Scott is also the managing partner of Arizona-based production company Pure Flix, which is well known for its Christian and family friendly films. The company is currently attempting to talk to the boys, their families, and the rescuers to gain exclusive rights to adapt their story into a film. Although, they will have to wait, since they twelve boys are currently in hospital for a week for ongoing tests. They are also trying to secure a big name screenwriter for the project.
The boys and their coach have been rescued, and some have questioned whether this would still be insensitive, particularly in the case of Saman Guman, a retired Thai Navy SEAL who died during the rescue. Some have also questioned whether it was too soon to be starting on a project whilst the rescue was ongoing, and again now that the boys are recovering from the traumatic experience.
When asked about this, Michael Scott told APP: “There’s going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly.”
He also added that they were not pressuring anyone over the interviews. Scott said, “I’ve told them once this has died down let’s really sit down and have a more in-depth interview on what’s really happening.”
Michael Scott believes that the cave rescue story, which will be focused on the two British divers who discovered the team, will be the perfect project for his production company.
“This just kind of fits our DNA in terms of a really inspirational story,” he said during an interview on Monday. “It’s got incredible heart, incredible acts of heroism and bravery. It’s just an incredible thing and we think it will inspire millions around the world.”
Not everyone thinks the same way though, including National Cave Rescue Mission coordinator Anmar Mirza, who told CBS News it would be difficult to adapt the story into a movie.
“You can’t make a horror movie that would even compare,” he commented. “I’ve been involved in cave rescues for 30 years and I cannot even think of one that is this complicated.”
Some rumours of a predictable whitewashing of the whole story by Hollywood in a film production has already raised concerns in Thailand, and it goes to show that even when there’s still wounds to heal, production companies will go that extra mile to secure a movie deal right after a disaster has happened.
Do you think their rescue from Tham Luang cave in the Doi Nang Non mountain to be the perfect Hollywood plot line, or do you think that it’s a bad idea to adapt it into a big screen production so soon after the incident?
Story by Emily Clark
Featured Photo Credit: The Australian