12 Jul – Yesterday, it was announced that Hollywood is already eyeing a blockbuster based on the recently-concluded Thai cave rescue story. Today, another Hollywood director is announcing that he will also be making a movie on it.
"I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch. That won't happen or we'll give them hell," director Jon M. Chu posted on social media just hours ago.
"There's a beautiful story abt [sic] human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt [sic] the story better approach it right & respectfully."
Having directed "Crazy Rich Asians", Chu said that the lesson he took away from that experience was Asians must tell their own stories, especially the important ones, so history doesn't get them wrong.
He stated so in the post he made two hours after his first one, adding that the Thai rescue story was too important to let others dictate who the real heroes are.
His concerns are not unfounded, as Hollywood does have a shoddy track record when it comes to whitewashing (think "Aloha", "Death Note", "Doctor Strange") and even though the Thai cave rescue effort was done by both locals and foreigners, prominent roles on the big screen could tip more in favour of the latter.