The extraordinary mission of rescuing 12 Thai boys who were a part of the Wild Boars soccer team in Thailand, and their coach, captured audiences worldwide last summer, and now their story may be making its way to the small screen.
In a statement to CNN, Netflix, South East Asia, revealed they were working with SK Global Entertainment, who produced the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” as well as 13 Tham Luang Company Ltd to make a film about the team’s “harrowing and heroic story.”
And while a deal has not yet been officially signed by either the production companies or Netflix, both sides are on board with the terms of the proposed contract. If the contract is signed, the boys and their coach have agreed to donate 15 percent of their revenue to Thai Governmental Disaster Mitigation Offices.
During the raining season last June in Northern Thailand, twelve boys aged 11 to 16-years-old went inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave after soccer practice. A search mission began a day later after the boys failed to return home the previous day. They were found nine days later safe and sound, with a medical team reporting that some only suffered “light” injuries. Despite heavy rainfall, rescuers were able to significantly reduce water levels in the cave.
After a three-day rescue mission, and spending up to 18 days in the cave, everyone was successfully removed from the cave, despite the severity of the mission and the fact that some of the boys never learned previously how to swim.
The operation was not without the loss of life, though. Thai diver and former Navy SEAL Saman Gunan died after falling unconscious underwater while trying to return to dry land after placing air tanks inside the cave.