Gotta jump on that cave bandwagon sharpish! Milk it for all it’s worth!
When a bad thing happens, chances are someone is gonna make a movie out of it. Like, a boat sinks = gets a movie. An oil rig explodes = gets a movie. A team of teenage Thai football players get stuck in a flooded cave = gets a movie, obviously, even though they’ve only just got out.
Yep, there’s already going to be an adaptation of the miraculous true story involving the rescue of twelve people from an underground cave this week. But it’s not just one movie that’s being shopped, there are two on the go. The first comes from Pure Flix, a faith-based production company behind movies like the infamous God’s Not Dead, and although nothing is currently set in concrete, they are still currently trying to secure the rights to the story.
Pure Flix’s Michael Scott said:
“I could not be more excited; this story has meant so much to me as I followed it.
“To see all that bravery in the cave and then to get all the divers out has been such a touching event.”
However, a new contender has entered the ring - Step Up 2 and Now You See Me 2’s Jon M. Chu, who isn’t too happy on the direction that may take:
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
According to sources, producers are already in discussions with ‘senior Thai officials’, with ‘multiple studios’ showing interest. Chances are, a big name like Chu will nab the rights from under an amateurish banner like Pure Flix, although there’s always the possibility that it could receive multiple adaptations - there’s been a ton of Titanic films, for example. And Elon Musk is probably going to want to make a sci-fi version too.
Of course, this news has obviously ignited the fires of Twitter:
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
I can’t wait to see the Oscar winning movie about the Thai Soccer team stuck in the cave that will inevitably be about an all white lacrosse team that gets stuck in a cave in Cabo staring Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Tilda Swinton and a Thai person with a one line walk on role— Dewayne “Not Dwayne” Perkins (@DewaynePerkins) July 11, 2018
Either way, expect to see it in cinemas next year, probably. These things must be rushed. IT IS A RACE.