Thai cave rescue could become a Hollywood film

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Hollywood has never been shy to capitalise on an international news story in order to turn a profit - there have been movies about tragedies like 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Gulf oil spill.

In fact, Mark Wahlberg has had a career resurgence in recent years by turning dramatic real-life events into big-screen blockbusters with Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor and Patriots Day.

It's no surprise, then, that Hollywood producers are already looking into how they can turn the story of this week's dramatic rescue of 12 schoolboys and their coach in Thailand into a big-budget film.

A near-three-week race against time saw an international team of rescuers come together to painstakingly save the boys from a flooded cave, taking care to avert almost-certain disaster at any given moment.

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One person on the ground interviewing family members and rescue workers has been Michael Scott - that's the Pure Flix producer of religious movies like God's Not Dead, not the boss from The Office.

Scott, a part-time Thailand resident, has budgeted between $30 million to $60 million and will soon attach a writer for a film adaptation of the Thai cave crisis that he calls "inspirational" rather than "religious".

"This isn't just about a movie, it's about honouring everybody involved, including the soldier who died," Scott said.

"This was truly a team effort involving Brits, Aussies, Americans and Thais, and the divers told us incredible stories. They had less than five meters' visibility, fought harsh currents and used a buddy system of two divers for each boy rescued. It was a monumental effort."

Scott added that the project felt "personal" since his wife was friends with Sgt Saman Kunan, the NAVY seal who died during rescue efforts. The producer has plans to shoot the film version in Thailand so it can be as true to life as possible.

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