#ThaiCaveRescue: Tham Luang Cave to get movies, museum
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#ThaiCaveRescue: Tham Luang Cave to get movies, museum

THE world was gripped with anxiety as the last of the Wild Boars were rescued out of Chiang Rai’s Tham Luang Cave, a labyrinthine cave complex, last week.

They survived the ordeal despite being stranded in the cave for 10 days without food, a story that’s nothing short of a miracle.

More than 1,000 people from all over the world – Thailand, the UK, the US, Belgium, Australia, China, Japan, Sweden, Myanmar, Laos – were involved in the efforts to find them.

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The tale of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach’s trials and tribulations caught the attention of spectators who trawled social media for hours and days on end for updates as the search and rescue mission unfolded.

And while the world was holding its collective breath, ideas to promote the cave were being discussed.

For example, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced plans to promote the cave as a key attraction, adding that they will ask local administrations to prepare tourism management, improve safety standards, and upgrade services.

The cave, located beneath the Doi Nang Non (Mountain of the Sleeping Lady) mountain range in northern Thailand, will also potentially be getting two movies.

The world has already seen much of the operation as the Thai Navy Seals published several clips of dramatic footage, showing how expert divers navigated the Wild Boars through the perilous journey to the surface.

But two production companies are racing to turn it into a film – even before the team and their coach were successfully brought out.

US studio Pure Flix’s producers were interviewing rescue workers on the ground. Its managing partner, Michael Scott, said in a Twitter video, “This story has meant so much to me as I followed it here in Thailand this summer.”

He added that his wife had grown up with Saman Gunan, the former Thai Navy Seal who lost his life during the mission.

“To see all that heroic bravery in the cave and to get all the divers out, it’s just such a touching event and so personal to me.”

“I think we’re here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe.”

Scott’s version of the story will be centered around the two British divers who first discovered the boys.

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However, Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures seems to be a couple of steps ahead, claiming they’ve been officially picked by the Thai government and navy to develop the film.

According to Ivanhoe, the movie will be helmed by Crazy Rich Asiansdirector Jon M. Chu.

In fact, the Chinese-American filmmaker has been very vocal about the potential whitewashing of the movie and the downplaying of the role of Thais, adding that it should be done right and respectfully.

Meanwhile, former Chiang Rai governor and head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn told a press conference that Tham Luang Cave is set to be turned into a living museum.

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The museum, which has been projected to be a “major attraction” for Thailand, will showcase how the operation unfolded. “An interactive database will be set up,” Osottanakorn said.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said extra precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the cave to safeguard tourists.

Currently, Tham Luang Cave is closed indefinitely.

This article originally appeared on our sister website Travel Wire Asia.