It’s been barely 48 hours since the last of the Wild Boars boys soccer team were rescued from those caves in Thailand, and there’s already a second movie about the harrowing ordeal in the works. While the first one to be announced comes from faith-based production company Pure Flix Entertainment, this second planned adaptation is the result of a collaboration between Thailand’s Navy and government and Ivanhoe Pictures. And it comes with a zero whitewashing guarantee.
Ivanhoe has tapped Jon M. Chu, director of the upcoming Crazy Rich Asians, to helm the project (via Variety). If you somehow missed every television or news outlet over the last two weeks, the story centers on the 12 members of a boys soccer team and their coach who were trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand for 18 days. The last four players and the 25-year-old coach were rescued on Tuesday. As an Asian story, both Ivanhoe president John Penotti and Chu felt it was important to have an Asian filmmaker tell it.
In a tweet announcing his involvement, Chu said he refuses “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.” Guess that means ScarJo is out of contention!
A subsequent series of passionate tweets emphasized his desire to make the movie:
Pure Flix’s version of the story has a budget between $30 and $60 million and will come under the Pinnacle Peak banner. The company’s CEO, Michael Scott (for real), is currently shopping for screen writers with co-producers Adam Smith and Kaos Entertainment. No such details are available yet for Chu’s take.