Update: Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu is to start work on a second movie about the incredible rescue of 12 schoolboys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand.
According to The Wrap, Chu and the production team behind Crazy Rich Asians are developing the film in response to Pure Flix Entertainment seeking the film rights to the story.
Chu has addressed the news on Twitter, telling fans that he refuses to let Hollywood 'whitewash' the remarkable rescue operation, saying it's "too important".
"I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch. That won't happen or we'll give them hell," Chu wrote on Twitter.
"There's a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully."
I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch. That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell. There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.- Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) July 11, 2018
In a later tweet, Chu reflected on his work on Crazy Rich Asians, explaining that the experience taught him the importance of telling your own story "so history doesn't get it wrong".
"We have the power to not only MAKE history but be the historians that RECORD it too. So that it's told correctly and respectfully. Couldn't just sit here watching how others would 'interpret' this important story," he added.
We have the power to not only MAKE history but be the historians that RECORD it too. So that it’s told correctly and respectfully. Couldn’t just sit here watching how others would “interpret” this important story. https://t.co/kRv5k9plDU- Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) July 12, 2018
Original story: Hollywood has never been shy to capitalise on an international news story in order to turn a profit - there have been movies about tragedies like 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Gulf oil spill.
In fact, Mark Wahlberg has had a career resurgence in recent years by turning dramatic real-life events into big-screen blockbusters with Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor and Patriots Day.
It's no surprise, then, that Hollywood producers are already looking into how they can turn the story of this week's dramatic rescue of 12 schoolboys and their coach in Thailand into a big-budget film.
A near-three-week race against time saw an international team of rescuers come together to painstakingly save the boys from a flooded cave, taking care to avert almost-certain disaster at any given moment.
One person on the ground interviewing family members and rescue workers has been Michael Scott - that's the Pure Flix producer of religious movies like God's Not Dead, not the boss from The Office.
Scott, a part-time Thailand resident, has budgeted between $30 million to $60 million and will soon attach a writer for a film adaptation of the Thai cave crisis that he calls "inspirational" rather than "religious".
"This isn't just about a movie, it's about honouring everybody involved, including the soldier who died," Scott told The Hollywood Reporter.
"This was truly a team effort involving Brits, Aussies, Americans and Thais, and the divers told us incredible stories. They had less than five meters' visibility, fought harsh currents and used a buddy system of two divers for each boy rescued. It was a monumental effort."
Scott added that the project felt "personal" since his wife was friends with Sgt Saman Kunan, the NAVY seal who died during rescue efforts. The producer has plans to shoot the film version in Thailand so it can be as true to life as possible.
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