Battle brewing over movie rights to Thai cave rescue mission

It seems there definitely will be a movie made about the extraordinary Thailand cave rescue mission, but if one director gets his way – it won’t get the ‘Hollywood treatment’.

Jon M. Chu, the man behind the popular film Crazy Rich Asians, has taken to Twitter to stake his claim on the captivating story.

“I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch,” Chu wrote just hours ago.


He and Ivanhoe Pictures have reportedly joined forces to tell the story “correctly and respectfully”.

“We have the power to not only MAKE history but be the historians that RECORD it too,” Chu posted to Twitter on Thursday morning – a day after the final members of the Wild Boar soccer team were evacuated from the flooded cave.

“(I) couldn’t just sit here watching how others would “interpret” this important story,” he added, referring to plans by Pure Flix Entertainment to seek film rights to the mission.

“There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.”

Pure Flix is the company behind a bunch of faith-based films including the God’s Not Dead movies and Same Kind of Different as Me, and plans to focus on the inspirational aspects of the story.