A TOTAL of 15 companies have expressed interest in making a movie about the heroic rescue of 12 soccer boys and their coach from Tham Luang cave in northern Chiang Rai province early last month, Thai News Agency reported today (August 1, 2018).
Deputy Prime Minister Visanu Krua-ngam said of the 15 companies that are keen on filming the nail-biting international rescue of the 12 boys and their coach 3 are Thai.
He added that while the Thai government has the expertise to make documentaries, when it comes to stage or film drama private parties are far better at it.
A Cave Rescue Film Production Board has been set up to check the script, actors and locations used to make this movie to ensure that no errors are made and also oversee the projection of Thailand’s image.
The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had planned to explore the Tham Luang cave complex for about an hour after soccer practice on June 23. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.
Two British divers found them on July 2, squatting on a mound in a flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex. Rescuers then had to work out how to get them out through the flooded tunnels.
Top: Rescue personnel are seen at the opening of the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai on June 27, 2018. Photo: Lilian Suwanrampha/ AFP/ Getty Images via Sanook.com