A Hollywood Film Of The Thai Cave Rescue Could Already Be In The Works

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10 July 2018

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If you've been thinking the rescue of 12 boys and their coach stuck in a Thai cave could make an excellent Hollywood film, you're not the only one. 

Two American producers are already plotting a movie project about the Wild Boars youth soccer team and their coach in anticipation of global box office success.

"I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars," Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix films, told AAP in Chiang Rai.

Scott and co-producer Adam Smith have been conducting preliminary interviews around the Tham Luang cave site, where a final push is now underway to complete the rescue of the group of 13 who became trapped in the caves by rising flood waters more than two weeks ago.

Scott and Smith also plan to bring in a screenwriter and interview key players from the team of foreign rescuers and Thai Navy SEALS, the victims and their families and seek exclusive rights to their stories.

Asked if their actions might be seen as insensitive at such a delicate time, Smith said: "There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly."

So far, eight of the boys, aged 11 to 16 years, have successfully been brought to the surface by a daisy chain of divers who guided them through 4km of narrow, murky water-filled passages.

The journey takes the divers about 11 hours to get in and out.

Another attempt will be made later on Tuesday to try to get the remaining boys and the coach out.

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