Hollywood producers are plotting to create a movie about the youth soccer team that was trapped inside the miles-long Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.
Pure Flix films managing partner Michael Scott and co-producer Adam Smith conducted interviews around the cave site where the boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach were trapped as the final leg of the rescue mission continued.
The two American producers plan to bring on a screenwriter to interview key people from the team of rescuers — both foreign and from the Thai Navy SEALs — as well as the victims and their families, News.com.au reported. They are also seeking exclusive rights to their stories.
“I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars,” Scott told AAP.
The incident attracted major attention from international media and prompted tech billionaire Elon Musk to offer help to save the boys and bring them back to their families by developing a mini-submarine that can fit one person.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 8, 2018
“There’s going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly,” Smith said.
The mission to rescue all members of Thai youth soccer team “Wild Boar” was a major success as all 12 players and their coach have been rescued from the cave and taken to a hospital.
This is a delicate time for the teens and their families and the interview may come off as insensitive as they are recovering from a horrible and traumatic experience.
But Scott, who is married to a Thai woman and spends three months a year in the country, stated that they are not pressuring them to talk.
“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,” he told reporters.
As for the premise of the film, Scott noted that it would center around the two British divers who discovered the boys inside the cave, making it the “perfect project for Pure Flix.”
“This just kind of fits our DNA in terms of a really inspirational story,” Scott said. “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.”
He continued to note that the project is “apolitical” and has “no agenda. Everyone is on the same page and everyone is rooting for them.”
The teens and their coach went missing on June 23 when they entered the cave to celebrate one of the members’ birthday, but they were pushed further inside as Thailand’s monsoon season filled the area with rainwater.
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