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Second Thai Cave Rescue Movie in the Works

Julia Gonzales | 13 July, 2018, 02:42

Jon M. Chu, the director of "Crazy Rich Asians", says he's planning to make his own movie about the survival and rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in Thailand's Tham Luang Cave.

Now, Chu is attached to direct a film under Ivanhoe Pictures based on the news story that captured the attention of the world, Deadline reports. Ivanhoe, an SK Global company, is in talks with the most senior officials in Thailand, both on provincial and national levels, about the rescue project. The managing director, who is married to a Thai woman who knew the former Navy SEAL that died on the mission, said it could be a movie that "inspires millions" and that he sees it being a "major Hollywood film with A-list stars". The company is also talking to multiple movie studios interested in the project.

Chu tweeted a link to the Variety story on Wednesday and said that while it was too "early to discuss", he believed the cave rescue story was "too important [to] let others dictate who the real heroes are". "No way. Not on our watch", he wrote.

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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. "That won't happen or we'll give them hell", Chu tweeted, adding it's "a handsome story" about human beings saving other human beings. There's a attractive story about human beings saving other human beings. "So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully". The team became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water confined them deep inside the cave.

Ivanhoe Pictures and its sister company SKE develop worldwide and local-language pictures for global audiences in the US, India, Taiwan, South Korea and Latin America.

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