As the world is still celebrating the successful cave rescue of twelve young soccer players and their coach in Thailand, Hollywood has already started to consider adapting this inspirational story that captured the world’s attention to the big screen.
Ivanhoe Pictures announced that they are re-teaming with director Jon. M Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) to adapt the cave rescue story immediately after Pure Flix Entertainment, producers of God’s Not Dead series declared their project of turning that event into an “inspirational” film.
The soccer team’s ordeal began on June 23, when the rising water trapped twelve young soccer players and their coach in a cave. After 18 days, the last boy was successfully rescued. The rescue team consisted of multiple nations including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Australia; and the rescue process grabbed global attention.
Chu vowed on his twitter that he will not let Hollywood whitewash the story: “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 about human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking about 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
Pure Flix Entertainment claimed that the budget for this film will be between $30 and $60 million; the story will not necessarily be faith-based.
Ivanhoe Pictures and its sister company SKE focus on international and local-language films for the global audience, especially those in North America and Asia. In addition to the opening of Crazy Rich Asians on August 15, Ivanhoe Pictures and SKE will also welcome the debut of three-part series Ghoul on Aug. 24.