Movie pro­duc­ers plan res­cue film

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RELIGION -

NEW YORK — The boys are out of the cave. Now Hol­ly­wood wants in.

The pro­duc­ers be­hind Chris­tian films — such as God’s Not Dead — are al­ready in Thai­land with plans to de­velop a movie about the 18-day saga of the boys soc­cer team trapped in a flooded cave. Though the drama of head­line-grab­bing res­cues of­ten doesn’t carry over the big screen, Pure Flix En­ter­tain­ment co-founder Michael Scott be­lieves the story about the 12 boys and their 25-yearold coach is ripe for movie adap­ta­tion.

“We re­al­ized that this would make an in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing movie,” Scott said Wed­nes­day from Thai­land. “Like a lot of peo­ple, we know there’s not a lot of pos­i­tive news in the world to­day.”

Scott said he feels a per­sonal con­nec­tion with the story. His wife is Thai and he said he was spend­ing the sum­mer in Bangkok when the soc­cer team dis­ap­peared. Scott and fel­low pro­ducer Adam Smith re­cently trav­eled to the area around the cave in the north­ern Thai­land, and they have be­gun talk­ing to some of the par­tic­i­pants about their “life rights.”

But they also stressed that they aren’t yet pur­su­ing most of the fam­i­lies of the boys, who on Wed­nes­day were still re­cu­per­at­ing in a hospi­tal.

“For us it’s not a huge race,” Smith said. “It’s about mak­ing sure we get the au­then­tic­ity right.”

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