Netflix Are Bringing The Story Of The Thai Cave Rescue To Your TV

By Brad Nash
11 March 2019
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Taking you inside the Miracle at Tham Luang

While it may not seem like it in retrospect, the story of the Wild Boars — team of 13-year-old soccer players who became trapped in a Thai Cave midway through last year, truly captivated the world.

Millions upon millions of viewers tuned in daily to keep tabs on a story that had the potential to turn into either a tragedy or an incomparably heroic story on a dime — as international rescue teams co-ordinated efforts to navigate a system of flooded tunnels and bring them back to safety.

It also turned into a story of boundless sacrifice — as cave diver Saman Kunan passed away in his efforts to reach the team.


Right on schedule, the story of the rescue is finally set to be brought together on the screen, with Netflix announcing they've reached a deal to produce a scripted series chronicling the rescue — from the initial entrapment of the boys, right through to their dramatic emergence from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.

According to a release by Netflix, SK Global Entertainment — interestingly the company that produced Crazy Rich Asians — and 13 Tham Luang Company Ltd have been enlisted to tell the boys' "harrowing and heroic story," having won the rights "to use the stories of the victims to produce creative media on Tham Luang incident," reportedly for life.

Interestingly the show will be scripted, meaning those who think they're going to get a gritty, no-holds-barred documentary on the subject are sadly mistaken. This does make sense, however, given some of the murkier details of the rescue, Saman Kunan's death being chief among them.

It's also been reported that some of the already-weakened boys were handcuffed and drugged to calm them enough to get them out of the cave, something that we're sure Thai state media would be pretty eager to keep off of the streaming service.

Since their rescue, the boys themselves have been lauded for their bravery and persistence — which is justified considering the fact that they themselves essentially had to complete an advanced cave dive to get out.

They now enjoy minor celebrity status, having appeared on Ellen and attended the Youth Olympic Summer Games in Buenos Aires.

Via GQ Australia