The miraculous rescue of a young soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand will be the subject of not one but two competing movies.
A day after Hollywood's Pure Flix Entertainment announced it was seeking film rights to the mission, Now You See Me 2 director Jon M. Chu and Ivanhoe Pictures have announced they are teaming up on a film about the captivating story.
Ivanhoe, an SK Global company which includes the film Crazy Rich Asians in its credits, says it is in talks with senior provincial and national officials in Thailand about the project.
Chu sent a tweet on Wednesday announcing his involvement in the project, which also appeared to slam Pure Flix.
"I refuse to let Hollywood #whitewashout the Thai Cave rescue story! No way. Not on our watch," Chu wrote.
"That won't happen or we'll give them hell. There's a beautiful story abt human beings saving other human beings. So anyone thinking abt the story better approach it right & respectfully."
Pure Flix is behind faith-based films including the God's Not Dead movies, Same Kind of Different as Me, Woodlawn, The Case for Christ, and Do You Believe?
Pure Flix said its project would focus on the inspirational aspects of the story.
The near three-week ordeal prompted an international rescue effort.
The 12th boy and his coach were the last of the team to be rescued on Tuesday.
The team became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water confined them deep inside the cave.
Ivanhoe Pictures and its sister company SKE develop international and local-language pictures for global audiences in the US, India, Taiwan, South Korea and Latin America.
Besides Crazy Rich Asians, their upcoming projects include the three-part series Ghoul - premiering August 24 on Netflix - and the film La Caja developed in partnership with Mexico City-based Lucia Films.
Chu also directed four of the Step Up movies. Chu is repped by UTA and Artists First.