2 May - Last year, "Crazy Rich Asians" helmer Jon M. Chu announced that he was going to make a non-whitewashed big screen adaptation of the Thai cave rescue mission that gained international recognition due to widespread media coverage.
Things had been on silent on that front for a while but according to TheWrap, there's finally a new update: "Bad Genius" director Nattawut Poonpiriya is teaming up with Chu for it.
Looks like the adaptation now has its touch of authenticity, because as Chu said in a statement, the Thai filmmaker understands "the nuances and details of the local community in which this story unfolds."
The directing duo will be working together to tell the true story of the rescue mission that took place in Chiang Rai last year when a local youth soccer team and their coach got trapped for two weeks inside the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave. All 13 of them were successfully rescued but a former Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, passed away after delivering oxygen tanks to the stranded team.
Since the rights for the adaptation have been acquired by SK Global and Netflix, it is uncertain at the moment whether Chu will go ahead with his idea to produce it in movie form or he will instead turn it into a mini-series for the streaming platform.
Aside from this adaptation, there are also two other movies in the work. One is a big-budgeted number by Universal, the other is Thai-Irish filmmaker Tom Waller's "The Cave", the earliest to be released as it is slated to open this July.
National Geographic Documentary Films is also currently working on a documentary, "Thai Cave Rescue" (working title).
(Photo source: Royal Thai Navy via AP)