Universal Pictures developing film based on the Thailand cave rescue
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is currently is the process of developing a drama film based on the sensational Thailand cave rescue story. The studio successfully acquired the life rights of the main people who were involved in the rescue mission including: the divers, Dr, Richard Harris and Dr. Craig Challen; and 13 survivors consisting of the Wild Boar soccer team and their Coach Aekkaphol Chantawong.
The untitled feature will likely follow the intense and difficult rescue mission of the Wild Boars soccer team, after 12 Thai boys aged 11-16 and their coach got unfortunately trapped earlier this summer in the Tham Luang Cave in Thailand last June 23. They managed to survived for 18 long days before being miraculously rescued by a brave group of international divers. The whole rescue mission of the boys were reported and televised across the world which led to millions of people anticipating for news updates regarding the rescue.
Michael De Luca will produce for his eponymous production company with Dana Brunetti also producing through his Cavalry Media banner. De Luca and Brunnetti’s collaboration have always resulted into successful projects. They have worked together in movies such as Fifty Shades of Grey series, Academy-nominated film Captain Phillips and the award-winning film The Social Network.
“Like many who watched the events of the rescue mission unfold earlier this year, we were in awe of the divers’ heroic efforts and relieved when they were able to bring the entire soccer team and their coach to safety. We’re excited for the opportunity to tell this amazing story with Universal,” said De Luca and Brunetti in a joint statement.
Recently, it was announced that De Warrenne Pictures is also adapting the story with British director Tom Waller set to direct. Last July, it was also reported that Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu was also planning to adapt the Thai rescue story with the international production company Ivanhoe Pictures (Ghoul).
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