The sensational rescue of a boys soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand, the story that rocked the world’s media, has already had its film rights snapped up by Pure Flix – the production company responsible for controversial Christian film God’s Not Dead.
Michael Scott, CEO and co-founder of the company, had been on the scene of the rescue for several days as he lives in Thailand part-time. He has, through his Thai contacts, already spoken to divers involved in the rescue and many of the family members of the boys, and confirmed in an interview with Hollywood Reporter that “The bravery and heroism I’ve witnessed is incredibly inspiring,” and that the story “will be a movie for [Pure Flix]”.
“It’s not necessary to make this a Christian film,” Scott sought to assure, “Just an inspirational one.”
The producer, along with his associates, is due to line up screenwriters within the next few weeks. The project’s budget is expected to be in the $30 – $60 million range, vastly higher than most of Pure Flix’s productions.
“This isn’t just about a movie, it’s about honouring everybody involved, including the soldier who died.”
God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, the second sequel from the company following on from their 2014 surprise hit, is due out August 17th.