‘Free Solo’ Oscar Winners Climb Aboard to Direct Thai Cave Rescue Movie for Universal & Cavalry Media
Wes Tooke, the Midway screenwriter and scribe of USA Network’s Colony, is currently writing the screenplay about the Wild Boar boys soccer team, aged 11-16, who with their coach became trapped 1,000 meters below the surface by monsoon rains. They were ultimately rescued over the course of three days from July 8-10, 2018. The risks of the harrowing rescue were underscored July 6, when a retired Thai Navy SEAL died in an underwater passage, followed by three SEALs who were hospitalised after their oxygen tanks ran low.
Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano are producing under their Cavalry Media banner. Michael De Luca, who produced six-time Oscar nominee Captain Phillips, three-time Oscar winner The Social Network and the billion-dollar-plus grossing Universal franchise Fifty Shades of Grey with Brunetti, is serving as EP on the Thai Cave project. De Luca stepped into his new job as Motion Picture Group chairman at MGM last month.
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