The world held their breath as they watched the efforts to rescue the Wild Boars, a youth soccer team composed of 12 boys and their coach. In a united front, nations and the Thai navy risked their lives to ensure that they were able to bring all 13 out of the flooding cave alive.
While one man bravely sacrificed his life, the team and their coach were brought out safely. Of course, such a story would inspire a movie. And that’s what we are getting.
Just days after their rescue, Pure Flix, the production company behind films like God’s Not Dead, announced that they would be producing a film based on their ordeal. While that is all well and good, Pure Flix could be missing the point of the entire film by possibly whitewashing it.
Now, there is no guarantee that Pure Flix would whitewash the film. And they aren’t aiming to make a Christian movie, but an inspirational one. However, based on the production company’s track record and looking at their leads in all films, there is a major lack of diversity.
So in an effort to prevent another whitewashing incident from happening, Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will be directing his own film that will recount the events that happened in the cave. Here’s what he had to say over Twitter:
According to a different report from Deadline, Chu will be teaming up with Ivanhoe Pictures to bring the events to the big screen. They’ve already been in talks with Thailandâ€™s Navy and government to develop the film.
But for those who may not be familiar with what happened, a soccer team of 12 boys and their coach visited a cave in late June. However, torrential rainfall partially flooded the cave, blocking the exit and forcing the group deeper into the cave. The surrounding terrain combined with the heavy rains made the rescue effort difficult, and many thought the Wild Boars were dead. However, a few days later, they were discovered alive. 18 days later, governments and private groups were able to bring everyone out safely.
[Source: Deadline (Pure Flix) | Deadline (Jon M. Chu)]