The rescue of a group of young boys belonging to the Wild Boars Soccer team made headlines across the world. Netflix has joined a production company to bring the story alive on screen.

It was in July last year that the boys lost their way in the Tham Luang caves and it took 17 days to rescue them with help from international agencies. It will be a tie-up with makers of the movie “Crazy Rich Asians.” Netflix and SK Global Entertainment have acquired the rights to the story and Thailand’s Culture Ministry made the deal public in March.

The families of the cave survivors would receive handsome cash benefits.

Time reported that youngsters of the Wild Boars soccer team along with their coach were trapped in the cave on June 23 last year.

It was the rainy season and floodwaters kept rising to lead to fears about their wellbeing. Ultimately, an international team of experienced cave divers arranged for their rescue on July 10.

It will be a gripping story

Erika North is the director of International Originals at Netflix. He says - “The story combines so many unique local and universal themes which connected people from all walks of life, from all around the world.”

The team identified as “13 Thumluang Co Ltd” has agreed to donate a percentage of earnings from the movie towards a charity that focuses on disaster relief.

Jon M. Chu director of “Crazy Rich Asians” and a Thai filmmaker will be the directors. Thanks to continuous media coverage of the rescue, the Tham Luang caves have become a tourism destination. The Netflix show would improve tourism potential still further.

Time adds - it is the story of a group of kids who fought against all odds and kept their spirits high in defiance of the hardships.

The group had lost their bearings in the Tham Luang cave and survived 17 days in spite of the lack of proper food and water. It was basically their determination to survive that created history. It will make for good viewing. An independent film “The Cave” shot soon after the rescue is awaiting release.

Elon Musk had helped

According to Engadget, Netflix plans to create a show based on the dramatic rescue of a team of 12 boys and their soccer coach from the Tham Luang caves.

The youngsters remained trapped in the caves for two weeks because of heavy rains that had flooded the entrance.

It was a grave situation and SpaceX Chief Elon Musk instructed his team of engineers to build a mini-submarine for rescuing the boys. However, it arrived too late. It is possible that the makers would include some bit of fiction to increase its reach and if Elon Musk is included in the film, it would help boost its appeal.

Any movie based on true facts will always have an audience and when it is an offering of Netflix, it will leave its mark on the viewers.

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