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US News Thai cave rescue to get Hollywood treatment

23:40  11 july  2018
23:40  11 july  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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  Diver dies trying to save boys trapped in Thai cave A diver has died trying to rescue 12 boys and a football coach who are trapped in a Thailand cave. Samarn Kunan had been returning from inside the waterlogged cave when his oxygen supplies ran out, officials said.Related: Thai cave rescue could be fatal (Provided by USA Today) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_ab4cc89b-c646-4519-b714-5204b7cba6c1").

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Four Thai navy SEALs give a thumbs up as they leave the cave © Reuters Four Thai navy SEALs give a thumbs up as they leave the cave

The rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand - in a race against time and the rain - has captivated the world.

But even as the complex rescue was underway, with the safety of the boys far from assured, plans for a Hollywood film were springing into action.

As teams of navy SEALs and cave diving experts from across the globe extracted the boys one by one from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province, Hollywood producers were already on the scene.

British cave-diver John Volanthen walks out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. © Getty British cave-diver John Volanthen walks out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

American producer, Michael Scott, who travelled to the rescue scene with co-producer Adam Smith to conduct preliminary interviews, told Australian news outlet APP: "I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars."

'I Love You Mom, I Love You Dad.' Trapped Thai Soccer Team Sends Handwritten Notes From the Cave

  'I Love You Mom, I Love You Dad.' Trapped Thai Soccer Team Sends Handwritten Notes From the Cave Handwritten messages from the 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for almost two weeks have made the long journey from their cavern confines to the world waiting anxiously for them outside. “The kids said ‘don’t worry,’ everyone is strong, they have a long list of food they want to eat when they get outside,” a Thai Navy SEAL wrote on the first of a small collection of mud-stained papers delivered by a diver. “They ask that their teachers won’t give them much homework when they come back.

And the tragic death of a Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, 38, who died in the cave during rescue efforts, served to highlight the life-or-death decisions being made at every turn. Jeff Goldblum gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star - here's how you can get one.

'I see this as a major Hollywood film': Thai rescue story eyed for blockbuster treatment . Thai army soldiers return from Tham Luang cave on day three of the rescue operation. The journey took the divers about 11 hours to get in and out.

This timeline shows exactly how the Thai cave rescue unfolded: Provided by Business Insider

a person riding on the back of a motorcycle:  After surviving 17 days inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the final members of a boys soccer team and their coach  were rescued on Tuesday. An international team of hundreds of rescuers from around the world pulled the final five stranded members of the team - four boys and their coach - on Tuesday evening local time, ending a three-day rescue operation. Here is a timeline that shows exactly how the Thai soccer team rescue unfolded. This timeline shows exactly how the Thai cave rescue unfolded

Mr Scott is the managing partner of Pure Flix, an American production company known for its Christian and family friendly films, and based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The company is understood to be attempting to talk to the boys, their families and the rescuers to gain exclusive rights to tell their story.

The boys are recovering in hospital © Sky News Screen Grab The boys are recovering in hospital

The production company is also trying to secure a big name screenwriter for the project.

When asked whether it is too soon to be pursuing such projects, Mr Scott told APP: "There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly."

Thai cave site cleared 'to help' trapped boys

  Thai cave site cleared 'to help' trapped boys Thai authorities have told the media to leave the area around the entrance of a cave where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped for over two weeks. The unexpected order came a day after the rescue mission chief said conditions were "perfect" for the evacuation to begin, and as fears mount that heavy monsoon rain could thwart the plan.Making the announcement over a loudspeaker, police commander Komsan Sa-ardluan said on early Sunday morning: "Everyone who is not involved with the operations has to get out of the area immediately.

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He also said they were applying no pressure on people to talk.

Classmates react after they hear that some of the 12 boys trapped inside the cave have been rescued © Reuters Classmates react after they hear that some of the 12 boys trapped inside the cave have been rescued

The slowly unfolding saga of the boys' story lends itself perfectly to a film plot.

The boys - all aged 11 to 16 and players in the Wild Boars football team - were missing for a week, before being found alive, deep within the 10km (6 mile) cave complex.

When they were located 10 days later, alive but trapped on a rocky ledge, footage of the thin but smiling youngsters waving out of the darkness was beamed around the world.

Rescue operation is complete after three days of heroic efforts by divers, with all of those trapped carried out alive. © Sky News Screen Grab Rescue operation is complete after three days of heroic efforts by divers, with all of those trapped carried out alive.

A massive international drive to get them out alive (all-in-all an 18-day ordeal) followed.

The very real threat of approaching monsoon rain, limited oxygen, and the balance between getting the boys out quickly and teaching them the skills they would need to escape safely created tension that could have been written for the big-screen.

Thai cave rescue: a timeline of events in Tham Luang

  Thai cave rescue: a timeline of events in Tham Luang The unprecedented mission to evacuate the 'Wild Boar' football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave began after they entered the complex on June 23.They are reported missing after the boys do not come home that night.

The nail-biting rescue of a Thai boys' football team and their coach from a flooded cave complex transfixed news viewers around the world, and the story could be headed for a retelling by Hollywood . Divers freed the last four of 12 boys and the adult coach on Tuesday

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And the tragic death of a Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, 38, who died in the cave during rescue efforts, served to highlight the life-or-death decisions being made at every turn.

A helicopter lands at a military airport in Chiang Rai, before its passengers were taken to hospital © Getty A helicopter lands at a military airport in Chiang Rai, before its passengers were taken to hospital

Feature films about miraculous rescues aren't unusual (a film was made about the rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped for 69 days).

But the cost of special effects for a film based on the Thai rescue are likely to be high due to the need for underwater scenes.

A-list stars will also not come cheap.

Saman Gunan was an ex Thai Navy diver © Other Saman Gunan was an ex Thai Navy diver

While it is not clear who will be the hero of the film, there has been talk of the British divers who first discovered the boys playing a central role.

And of course, now, the safe rescue of all the boys and their coach after an arduous three-day rescue effort has given Tinseltown its perfect "Hollywood ending".

Pure Flix have said they hope to start production later this year.

A rescue team member works near the Tham Luang cave complex, as a search for members of an under-16 soccer team continues © Reuters A rescue team member works near the Tham Luang cave complex, as a search for members of an under-16 soccer team continues

So while the media juggernaut which descended on the small village will now slowly disappear, it is only a matter of time before the spotlight will again be directed towards the boys who miraculously survived their ordeal.

Sky News has contacted Pure Flix for comment.

'The gap was closing': Ennis diver Jim Warny on the fear and elation of the Thai cave rescue .
'The gap was closing': Ennis diver Jim Warny on the fear and elation of the Thai cave rescueJim Warny, a Belgian national, spoke to RTÉ’s Philip Boucher Hayes in his first in-depth interview since returning home to Co Clare.

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