As everyone knows, for 18 days, 12 Thai boys of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach became trapped three kilometers inside a tourist cave located in Thailand’s Doi Nang No mountain. And for 18 days, the whole world watched and thought, “I really hope those boys come out alive.” At the same time, some people in Hollywood must have been thinking “I really hope those boys come out alive…because just think of the movie we could make!” Just one day after every boy and their coach rescued, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that a movie is in the works.
The movie will be made by Pure Flix Entertainment, creators of such corny Christian-themed films as the poorly-rated God’s Not Dead and the even worse Faith of Our Fathers. Pure Flix Entertainment’s CEO Michael Scott (I wish it was that Michael Scott) lives in Thailand part-time and was on the scene for a few days leading up to the rescue. He’s been really inspired by what he saw, and needs to put it on the big screen.
“The bravery and heroism I’ve witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us. It’s not necessary to make this a Christian film, just an inspirational one.”
He adds that the story became personal for him when former Navy SEAL Saman Kunan died on June 6th while diving to save the boys. Saman Kunan was a friend of Michael’s wife.
The film will be released under Pure Flix’s more mainstream division, Pinnacle Peak (which is also releasing that god-awful Little Women remake), and that the budget will be between $30 and $60 million. He claims he’s spoken to some of the 90 divers that were involved in the rescue, as well as some of the family of the trapped boys. The boys themselves haven’t gotten a call from Michael, as they’re all still recovering in the hospital.
But what big-name actors will appear in this film? That’s not really known at the moment. I’m sure Pure Flix will go with some in-house Christian talent like Kevin Sorbo and Stephen Baldwin. But still, it’s about the rescue of Thai children in Thailand, and it will likely have plenty of Asian characters. Which means I’m sure Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone’s agents are on stand-by.
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