SIX movies in production about Thailand Cave Rescue

The Thai government has formed a committee to oversee production of all the films planning to dramatise the rescue

The rush of films inspired by the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand has now expanded to encompass six, plus a documentary, and a government committee has been set up to co-ordinate and oversee the planned productions.

According to the Thai newspaper the Nation, Thailand’s culture minister, Vira Rojpojchanarat, said;

“Five international film production companies have proposed to the Commerce and Foreign ministries that they make a movie and a documentary about the rescue operation.”

Variety magazine has reported a sixth production is in the works, from Thai-based outfit DeWarrenne Productions.

The minister also announced the formation of a special committee by Thailand’s national film board to oversee accuracy and ensure minimal environmental impact.

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“The committees will be concerned about the accuracy of the story, the rights of the [team], the rescuers and other related agencies, as well as the image of Thailand. They will also be concerned about the impact of film production to the film locations … We are pleased to support both Thai and international film productions to make a movie and documentary on Mu Pa [Wild Boars football team] if they follow Thai laws.”

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No details of the productions were given by Rojpojchanarat, but reports swiftly emerged after the rescue operation of, an “inspirational” drama planned by God’s Not Dead faith-based producers Pure Flix, and a project announced by Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu in in which he stated: “I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story!”

The only known domestic production is headed by Thai-Irish producer-director Tom Waller, who Variety reports is working on a film that will “focus on the Thai elements and the unsung heroes”.

Waller said: “The kids had no idea that the world’s eyes were watching. They even assumed they would have to ride their bikes home when they got out of the cave.”

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