Trearn | Thai cave rescue of boys soccer team is a drama fit for Hollywood

Thai cave rescue of boys soccer team is a drama fit for Hollywood


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The nail-biting rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave complex transfixed news viewers around the world, and the story could be headed for a retelling by Hollywood. Journalists celebrate after a news conference near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun Divers freed the last four of 12 boys and the adult coach on Tuesday, a successful end to a mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks. The saga is reminiscent of the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days, a tale that was turned into the 2015 movie “The 33” starring Antonio Banderas. Like the Chilean rescue, the Thai drama showcases real-life courage in the face of harrowing circumstances, said Mike Medavoy, the Oscar-nominated producer of “The 33.” It is likely the saga will be turned into a film or series of TV episodes at some point, he said. SPONSORED “It’s about the triumphs of individuals and groups of human beings over tragedy,” Medavoy said. “It’s a terrific story.” Producers with Pure Flix, a studio that specializes in Christian and family movies, already are on the ground to conduct preliminary interviews for a potential film, according to Australian news outlet AAP. “I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars,” Pure Flix managing partner Michael Scott told AAP. Pure Flix did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The attempt to retrieve the boys and their coach became a race against time amid a forecast of heavy rain that threatened to flood the cave tunnels with fast-flowing and rising water, adding plenty of suspense. A police officer stands guard near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun “It’s a combination of great jeopardy and great heroism,” said literary agent Judi Farkas, who represented author Antonio Mendez on t




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