"There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly"
Hollywood producers have visited the Thai cave rescue site to plot a film.
According to SBS, two American producers who are plotting a film about the Thai rescue mission have visited the site.
Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix films and co-producer Adam Smith visited Tham Lung cave site and conducted preliminary interviews surrounding the Wild Boars youth soccer team rescue. The producers said it would be a perfect project for Pure Flix.
“I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars,” Scott said.
The soccer team, along with their coach, entered the cave when it was dry but were caught when rain flooded the chamber.
British rescue divers found the group 2.5 miles from the cave mouth after 10 days – the film will be based on these two divers.
“This just kind of fit our DNA in terms of a really inspirational story,” Scott said. “It’s got incredible heart, incredible acts of heroism and bravery. It’s just an incredible thing and we think it will inspire millions around the world.”
The producers arrived at the site during the final leg of the rescue mission that successfully saved the group of 13 – 5 of whom were rescued last night.
Thai Navy Seals were backed with 50 foreign divers. The rescued boys and their coach are recovering in hospital.
Scott and Smith also plan to bring in a screenwriter and hope to interview the soccer team players, the Thai Navy Seals, their families and other rescuers.
“There’s going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly,” Smith said when asked if their actions might be considered insensitive.
However, the producers are not pressing people for interviews yet.
“I’ve told them once this has died down let’s really sit down and have a more in-depth interview on what’s really happening,” Scott said.
Smith added, “it’s apolitical, it has no agenda. Everyone is on the same page and everyone is rooting for them”.
Production is expected to begin in late 2019, once a “name” screenwriter is brought on board.