The recent cave rescue involving a boys soccer team and their coach in Thailand has been an attention-grabbing story the last two weeks and now it will become the synopsis of a new movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story will become a movie under Pure Flix Entertainment, which is the faith-based production company behind the “God’s Not Dead” film franchise.
Michael Scott, the CEO, and co-founder of Pure Flix Entertainment, lives in Thailand part-time and was at the scene of the rescue and witnessed everything first hand. He said, “the bravery and heroism I’ve witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us. It’s not necessary to make this a Christian film, just an inspirational one.”
Scott said he has already spoken with some of the 90 divers that were involved in the rescue mission, as well as some of the family members of the boys who were trapped in the cave.
Scott’s personal connection to the story involves his wife’s friendship with former Sgt. Saman Kunan’s wife. Unfortunately, Sgt. Kunan passed while volunteering.
Screenwriters will be lined up within the next few weeks and the film will carry a budget of $30 million to $60 million. “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,” said Scott.