Directing duo tapped for Universal's Thai cave rescue movie

Writer: Florey DM

One movie on the Thai cave rescue, called "The Cave", was already released last year.
One movie on the Thai cave rescue, called "The Cave", was already released last year.

4 Mar – Two months after the cave rescue incident in Thailand in 2018, Universal Pictures announced that it was adapting the true event for the big screen.

The latest news on that is the studio has finally found the helmers for the movie.

Deadline reported that Universal has approached directing duo Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi, most known for helming the Oscar-winning documentary "Free Solo", to work on its Thai cave rescue movie.

Cavalry Media's Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano will be producing with Michael De Luca (producer of "Fifty Shades of Grey" franchise, Oscar-winning "The Social Network" and Oscar-nominated "Captain Phillips") serving as executive producer.

A number of productions started expressing interest in making movies about the Tham Luang cave rescue even while the rescue mission was still ongoing.

The July 2018 incident entailed around 100 government agencies, 900 police officers, and 2,000 soldiers, as per Variety's report, in their effort to save 12 members of the Wild Boar boys soccer team and their assistant coach, who became trapped 1,000 meters underground when the cave they were in was flooded by monsoon rains.

All 13 were rescued after more than two weeks. A retired Thai Navy SEAL died in an underwater passage while three SEALs were hospitalised due to their oxygen tanks running low during the mission.

So far, one movie on the incident, called "The Cave" and directed by Thai-Irish filmmaker Tom Waller, was already released last year.

Other parties who are working on their own big screen take of the true event include Pure Flix Entertainment, whose co-founder Michael Scott is partially based in Thailand and Scott's wife grew up with the abovementioned deceased Thai Navy SEAL, and "Crazy Rich Asians" helmer Jon M. Chu, who is working with "Bad Genius" director Nattawut Poonpiriya on a non-whitewashed version.

Cinema Online, 04 March 2020