“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” director Jon M. Chu and Ivanhoe Pictures, who just made “Crazy Rich Asians” together, are reportedly planning a film about the successful rescue operation in Thailand to save a group of boys and their coach from a flooding cave.
The news comes just one day after faith-based label PureFlix Entertainment announced it was seeking the movie rights to the event which has been all across the news wires over the past three weeks.
Ivanhoe is reportedly already in talks with senior officials in Thailand, both on provincial and national levels, about the rescue film and multiple studios have reportedly expressed interest in this project. Chu took to Twitter on Wednesday to slam the rival’s efforts to adapt the story saying:
“I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch. That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell. There’s a beautiful story about human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking about the story better approach it right & respectfully.”
Pure Flix, which is behind films like “God’s Not Dead” and “The Case for Christ,” said their plan was to focus on the inspirational aspects of the story.