It’s been more than two months since the last of the boys on the Thai soccer team were rescued from Tham Luang cave, and you know what that means: It’s finally not gauche for Universal Pictures to start developing a movie!
The studio announced Monday that it has acquired the life rights of each of the players on the Wild Boar soccer team, plus those of their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, and doctors Richard Harris and Craig Challen. This is now the second movie about the rescue that has been announced, though the Thai government said that a total of six movies were forthcoming.
The film will be produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who were also behind Captain Phillips, The Social Network and...the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.
“Like many who watched the events of the rescue mission unfold earlier this year, we were in awe of the divers’ heroic efforts and relieved when they were able to bring the entire soccer team and their coach to safety. We’re excited for the opportunity to tell this amazing story with Universal,” De Luca and Brunetti said in a statement.
The real-life rescue operation certainly sounded cinematic, with the diving team forced to squeeze into crevices so small they sometimes had to remove their oxygen tanks.
Meanwhile, the diver who Elon Musk accused of being a pedophile after he declined to use Musk’s tiny submarine in the rescue, is suing for defamation. No word yet on whether this exciting auxiliary drama will be included in the script.