Hollywood set to make 2 Movies out of Thai Cave Rescue

Lewis Collier
July 13, 2018

Filmmaker Jon M. Chu, motivated by his film Crazy Rich Asians, isn't willing to let Hollywood whitewash the story about the Thai cave rescue mission. The magazine said Ivanhoe is "currently in talks with the most senior officials in Thailand", as well as multiple film studios that have expressed interest, about the project.

The boys were eventually rescued, along with their coach, and now Hollywood wants in on the incredible story. "No way. Not on our watch", he wrote. That won't happen or we'll give them hell.

News of Chu's film on the subject comes after Discovery Channel set a documentary about the rescue to air this Friday, and producer Michael Scott from the faith-based Pure Flix Films already began preliminary work on an "inspirational" scripted film.

In a follow-up tweet, the 38-year-old Asian-American director said he "couldn't just sit here watching how others would "interpret" this important story". "So anyone thinking about the story better approach it right & respectfully".

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Both Chu and Pure Flix's films will be based on the rescue of the 12 young Thai soccer players and their 25-year-old coach who were trapped in a cave complex near the Myanmar border. The team became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water confined them deep inside the cave.

He's reportedly working with Ivanhoe Pictures, in cooperation with the Thai Navy and government. Besides "Crazy Rich Asians", their upcoming projects include the three-part series "Ghoul" - premiering August 24 on Netflix - and the film "La Caja", developed in partnership with Mexico City-based Lucia Films.

Chu also spoke of his experience directing "Crazy Rich Asians", an adaptation of the bestselling book by Kevin Kwan, which featured an all-Asian cast in a major Hollywood film. Chu is repped by UTA and Artists First.

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