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Hollywood producers arrive at Thai cave rescue scene

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US producers are already plotting out the "inspirational" story of the rescue of a Thai youth football team and their coach.

Hollywood has arrived at the foothills of the mountain cave system in Thailand where one of the world's most daring rescue operations has just successfully been completed.

Two American producers are already plotting a movie project about the Wild Boars youth soccer team and their coach in anticipation of global box office success.

"I see this as a major Hollywood film with A-list stars," Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix films, told AAP in Chiang Rai.

Scott and co-producer Adam Smith were conducting preliminary interviews around the Tham Luang cave site, during the final push to complete the rescue of the group of 13 who became trapped in the caves by rising flood waters more than two weeks ago.

A handout photo made available by Thai Navy SEAL facebook page on 10 July 2018 shows the last four of Thai Navy Seals members.
A handout photo made available by Thai Navy SEAL facebook page on 10 July 2018 shows the last four of Thai Navy Seals members.
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All 12 boys and their coach are now recovering in hospital after their 18-day ordeal. The final four boys and the coach were pulled to safety last night.

Thai Navy Seals led the operation, backed by 50 foreign divers, including Australians and Adelaide anaesthetist Dr Richard Harris.

Scott and Smith also plan to bring in a screenwriter and interview key players from the team of foreign rescuers and Thai Navy Seals, the victims and their families and seek exclusive rights to their stories.

Asked if their actions might be seen as insensitive at such a delicate time, Smith said: "There's going to be other production companies coming in so we have to act pretty quickly."

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with family members of a group of football players and their coach who had been trapped in a cave.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha with family members of a group of football players and their coach who had been trapped in a cave.
AAP

Scott, who's married to a Thai woman and spends three months a year in Thailand, said they are not pressing people over the interviews.

"I've told them once this has died down let's really sit down and have a more in-depth interview on what's really happening," he said.

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Pure Flix is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and Los Angeles and describes itself as a faith and family production and distribution film company.

Its biggest film so far is 'God's not Dead' (2014), which made close to $US70 million worldwide produced on a budget of $US2 million.

Scott believes the cave rescue story, which will be centred around the two British divers who discovered the boys, is the perfect project for Pure Flix.

Rescue crews ready themselves to go back into the cave.
Rescue crews ready themselves to go back into the cave.
AAP

"This just kind of fit our DNA in terms of a really inspirational story," he said during an interview conducted late Monday.

"It's got incredible heart, incredible acts of heroism and bravery. It's just an incredible thing and we think it will inspire millions around the world."

Smith, who also runs KAOS Entertainment in Bangkok, said "it's apolitical, it has no agenda. Everyone is on the same page and everyone is rooting for them".

Scott said once a "name" screenwriter was on board production was expected to start production in late 2019.

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