LOS ANGELES: Twelve boys and their soccer coach were recently rescued from a Thai cave after 17 days of being trapped. Managing partner Michael Scott, who lives in Thailand and was at the rescue site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, announced that faith-based production house Pure Flix will be turning the incident into a film.
In a video filmed at the scene of the flooded cave in the country’s north, he said, “I couldn’t be more excited. This story has meant so much to me as I have followed it in Thailand this summer.”
He continued, “My wife actually grew up with the Thai Navy SEAL that died in the cave. To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out, it’s just such a touching event and so personal to me.”
Stunning video footage emerged Wednesday of several of the Wild Boars team – aged 11 to 16 – being freed from the Tham Luang cave on stretchers, ending a successful three-day rescue.
They are in good physical and mental health, say doctors, despite a harrowing 18 days inside the dank, dark cave before a risky rescue operation that was dubbed ‘Mission: Impossible’.
Scott’s wife has been involved with planning the funeral for Saman Kunan, the former SEAL that died on July 6 while helping install oxygen tanks in preparation for the extraction.
“We’re here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe,” Scott added. “And we’re here witnessing the events, gathering some contacts and everything, to really tell a story about an international effort, the entire world coming together to save (12) kids trapped in this Thai cave.”
Pure Flix co-founder David A.R. White told The Wall Street Journal the company — which was behind the 2014-18 God’s Not Dead trilogy – was talking to actors, writers and potential investors. “Pure Flix joins the rest of the world in thanking God for answering prayers for the successful rescue of those trapped in the cave in Thailand,” the company said in a statement.
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