When it comes to Hollywood, no event is sacred and that’s why a film production company is already planning a movie about the Thai Cave Rescue.
Twelve boys and their football coach were trapped for two weeks in a cave in Northern Thailand until a rescue team, made up of divers and experts from around the world, helped get them all out.
The story is obviously film fodder, which is why Pure Flix, a faith-based production company, are already on the ground trying to secure the rights.
However, social media has come alive with some predictions and suggestions for the film and they are rather hilarious.
Like Scarlett Johansson landing a role in the movie.
Scarlett Johansson is already working on securing the lead role in the inevitable Thai cave rescue movie. pic.twitter.com/qIsntKEUvL
— seth darby (@sethdarby) July 8, 2018
The Black Widow actress could add to her problematic streak by playing a Thai character on top of her white-washed Ghost in the Shell role and upcoming outing as a trans man in Rub & Tug.
*Thai cave rescue now being made into a movie*
Scarlett Johansson walking into the casting office: pic.twitter.com/pEWh3POirs
— CRD // 26 DAYS (@duffy_cole) July 11, 2018
When the little boys stuck in that cave in Thailand are rescued, there’s definitely gonna be a movie. There’s a ex US Navy Seal helping. They’re gonna make the movie all about him and have Scarlett Johansen playing one of the Thai boys.
— Bun Bey (@holadamilola) July 7, 2018
There’s also people predicting that the film will be given the white saviour treatment and revolve around an ex-US Navy Seal who helped out.
RIGHT NOW IN HOLLYWOOD: dozens of Thai cave rescue movie treatments are being worked up in which the hero is a rugged US Navy Seal, looking for redemption from a cave rescue under fire in Afghanistan gone wrong… rather, than say, a bunch of dogged, smart people from Thailand.
— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) July 10, 2018
so who is going to play US navy seal role on Thai cave rescue Hollywood movie? who single-handedly saves the whole team
— shahbaz (@shahbaz_ahmed_) July 10, 2018
36 US military Pacific Command personnel helped out in the mission, along with experts from countries around the world but you can always count on Hollywood to find the American angle.
In a few years time , I see Hollywood making a movie out of this Thailand Cave Rescue . The obvious heroes won't be the Thai Navy Seal … It will be propagated to make the US Navy Seals as the heroes who eventually rescued these kids . pic.twitter.com/skd7huRbwx
— Abraham Nii Amanquah (@NiiAmanquah) July 11, 2018
Obviously, Mark Wahlberg will play the hero.
Can’t wait for my man Mark Wahlberg to get cast as the hero soccer coach from the Thai cave rescue movie in two years
— Jack (@back_juckley) July 11, 2018
If there are people to be saved, you bet Mark Wahlberg will charge millions to rescue them on screen.
The actor has played the hero in several big budget movies about real-life events including Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day and All the Money in the World.
How soon is too soon to start boycotting the Hollywood movie of the Thai cave rescue starring Mark Wahlberg?
— Linda Ge (@lindazge) July 10, 2018
I’m willing to bet a limb that Mark Wahlberg will star in the movie about the Thai cave rescue that comes out in two years.
— hunter ward (@hunterdward) July 10, 2018
And Peter Berg will direct.
— Evan Winburne (@EvanWinburne) July 10, 2018
Peter Berg directed Wahlberg in 2013’s Lone Survivor and 2016’s Patriots Day so with a quick turnaround they could have this rescue movie out in 2019.
I can’t wait until Peter Berg makes a movie about this Thai Cave Rescue. I’m sure it will focus on Mark Wahlberg as the former Navy Seal that’s consulting on the rescue. But in Berg’s movie he’ll be the hero that risks it all to single handily save those kids.
— Chris Campagna (@chris_campagna) July 9, 2018
There’s always room for a bit of Andy Serkis CGI action too.
And inevitably, the story will end up using a lot of artistic licence.
I’ll look forward to Hollywood’s movie adaptation of the Thai cave rescue with a few minor tweaks to the story. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson rescues all American soccer team from caves by hammering through the cave walls with his cock.
— Lfc Kev (@Kev1Lfc) July 10, 2018
The Thai cave rescue movie better end with Elon Musk taking all the credit like Mr Satan at the end of the Cell Saga
— Ravioli_Ravioli (@omano117) July 10, 2018
Thai Cave Rescue Movie (Hallmark Version): Big city career woman trapped in a flooded cave with a youth soccer team whose coach is her old high school boyfriend. Her arrogant current boyfriend is the rescue diver sent to save them. Everyone learns the true meaning of Christmas.
— Scott Foy (@Foywonder) July 10, 2018
Pure Flix managing partner Michael Scott lives in Thailand part of the year and his wife grew up with former Sgt. Saman Kunan, the ex-Thai Navy SEAL who died during the mission.
“We’re here looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people around the globe,” Scott said. “We’re here witnessing the events and gathering some contact information to really tell a story about the entire world coming together to save 13 kids trapped in a cave on the Chinese border.”
Given that World Trade Center was released five years after the 9/11 attacks, as was The 33 after the rescue of the Chilean miners, we can expect this movie in cinemas by 2023, probably.