Thai Cave Rescue: Subject of Competing Hollywood Movies

As expected, the Thai Cave rescue will be the subject of several competing Hollywood movies.

Jon M. Chu, director of Now You See Me 2, and Ivanhoe Pictures are teaming up on a movie about the rescue operation a day after Pure Flix Entertainment announced it was seeking movie rights.

Chu last partnered with Ivanhoe in directing the upcoming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. Ivanhoe, an SK Global company, is currently in talks with the most senior officials in Thailand, both on provincial and national levels, about the rescue project. The company is also currently in talks with multiple studios that have shown interest in this project.

Chu signaled that he was working on the project on Wednesday with a tweet, which appeared to slam Pure Flix’s efforts. “I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch,” he wrote. “That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell. There’s a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully.”

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