There’s now not one but two movies about the Thai cave rescue in the pipeline.
Jon M. Chu, the director of Now You See Me 2 and the Step Up dance movie series, is to take the story on, according to Variety.
In a tweet yesterday, he suggested that a project was on the cards.
“I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch,” he said.
“That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell. There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.”
I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch. That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell. There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) July 11, 2018
The producers involved are said to already be in discussions with ‘senior Thai officials’, with ‘multiple studios’ reportedly showing interest.
It follows news that Pure Flix, a faith-based production company behind movies with names like God’s Not Dead, Same Kind of Different as Me, The Case for Christ, and Do You Believe?, is currently trying to secure rights.
“I could not be more excited; this story has meant so much to me as I followed it,” Pure Flix’s Michael Scott said this week. “To see all that bravery in the cave and then to get all the divers out has been such a touching event.”
The news follows the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave system in Thailand which then flooded, leaving them trapped.
However, the plans have already come in for some pretty sturdy mockery.
Scarlett Johansson is already working on securing the lead role in the inevitable Thai cave rescue movie. pic.twitter.com/qIsntKEUvL
— seth darby (@sethdarby) July 8, 2018
RIGHT NOW IN HOLLYWOOD: dozens of Thai cave rescue movie treatments are being worked up in which the hero is a rugged US Navy Seal, looking for redemption from a cave rescue under fire in Afghanistan gone wrong… rather, than say, a bunch of dogged, smart people from Thailand.
— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) July 10, 2018
Can’t wait for my man Mark Wahlberg to get cast as the hero soccer coach from the Thai cave rescue movie in two years
— Jack (@back_juckley) July 11, 2018