Thai film com­pany to retell cave boy saga

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ATHAI-based film com­pany has joined the scram­ble to retell the dra­matic story of the 12 young foot­ballers and their coach who were freed from a flooded cave, one of the pro­duc­ers said Tues­day.

Since the 'Wild Boars' team were ex­tracted from Tham Luang cave in north­ern Thai­land two months ago, there has been a frenzy of me­dia in­ter­est in the feel-good tale that cap­ti­vated the world for weeks.

Doc­u­men­tary mak­ers and Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­ers have tus­sled to get films off the ground, with jour­nal­ists also spin­ning book deals from the real-life res­cue mis­sion.

A Bangkok pro­duc­tion com­pany called De War­renne Pic­tures are the lat­est to agree fi­nanc­ing to make their ver­sion called “The Cave” with shoot­ing planned for Novem­ber.

“The project is al­ready set,” pro­ducer Ka­t­rina Grose told AFP, of a movie that will be di­rected by Tom Waller -- a Bangkok-based film­maker of mixed ThaiIr­ish de­scent.

The op­er­a­tion to save the boys, who wan­dered into the cave af­ter a foot­ball train­ing ses­sion and be­came stuck as flood­wa­ters surged in, in­volved ex­pert cave divers from across the world.

They were found af­ter 11 days hud­dled on a muddy ledge with­out food or fresh wa­ter, flood­wa­ters lap­ping omi­nously below them.

An ex-Thai Navy SEAL died in the run-up to the dar­ing ex­trac­tion of the group, who were heav­ily se­dated as they were car­ried, pulled and dragged free from deep in­side the cave.

Ini­tially af­ter their res­cue of­fi­cials im­posed a blan­ket ban on cov­er­age, fear­ing for the boys' men­tal health with the world's me­dia camped up in ru­ral Thai­land.

But ef­forts to shield the team have crum­bled with TV net­works jostling for in­ter­views and the Thai junta or­gan­is­ing a seem­ingly end­less stream of me­dia events.

In one of the most bizarre, last Thurs­day, the boys were en­cour­aged to crawl through a mock-up tun­nel in a recre­ated cave in a Bangkok mega­mall, where a zone has been ded­i­cated to the res­cue.

Porn­chai Kham­lu­ang (C), one of the twelve boys dra­mat­i­cally res­cued from deep in­side a Thai cave af­ter be­ing trapped for more than a fort­night

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