Netflix to develop Thai cave rescue miniseries

The director of Crazy Rich Asians Jon M Chu is one of those leading the project.

Netflix is to create a miniseries about the rescue of a young football team and their coach from a cave system in Thailand. 

The story hit headlines around the world last June when the Wild Boars football team aged between 11-16 and their 25-year-old coach were trapped in the Tham Luang Cave Complex by a sudden flood.   

A huge rescue effort was mounted involving 90 specialist divers from around the world and the Thai Navy Seals which saw them all safely rescued 18 days later. 

The streaming giant will partner with SK Global Entertainment for the project after they secured the rights to the story from the 13 Tham Laung Company, the firm set up to represent the 12 boys. 

Thai director Nattawit “Baz” Poonpiriya and Jon M Chu, who’s responsible for last year’s acclaimed comedy-drama Crazy Rich Asians, will helm the project. 

"The story combines so many unique local and universal themes which connected people from all walks of life, from all around the world," said Erika North, director of international originals at Netflix.

"Thailand is a very important market for Netflix and we are looking forward to bringing this inspiring local, but globally resonant story to life.”

So far, two books have been published about the rescue along with a feature film called The Cave by British-Thai director Tom Waller. 

Source: BBC News

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