Ron Howard to have us drowning in Thai cave rescue movies

Determined to turn another baker’s dozen into some Oscar nomination, Apollo 13 director Ron Howard is reportedly gearing up to direct Thirteen Lives, a film about the Tham Luang cave rescue.

A massive news story back in those now laughably halcyon days of 2018, the rescue saw an international effort of thousands come together to rescue a Thai junior soccer team that had become trapped in a flooded cave. As with every disaster in our modern hellscape, Elon Musk also managed to make himself part of the story with some hollow promises.

It’s certainly a story worth telling—it’s just that there are already three other filmmakers doing so. Crazy Rich Asians director John M. Chu has a cave rescue miniseries in the works at Netflix, Free Solo Oscar-winners Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin have a dramatization set up at Universal, and Kevin MacDonald has a documentary in the works for NatGeo. But apparently Gladiator writer William Nicholson and Howard thought they needed their own version, just in case Russell Crowe wants to play a Thai Navy SEAL.

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