‘Free Solo’ Directors Are Working on Thai Cave Rescue Movie. Here’s What We Know So Far

71st Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Day 1, Press Room, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, USA - 14 Sep 2019 Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin - Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program - 'Free Solo' 14 Sep 2019
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The directors of Free Solo are ready for another adventure. Oscar- and Emmy-winning directors Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi have joined up to direct a feature film about the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand for Universal and Cavalry Media, according to Deadline.

The duo will work on the project from a script by Wes Tooke, who recently wrote the war film Midway and worked on the TV series Colony and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Dana Brunetti and Matt DelPiano are producing for Cavalry Media, while Michael De Luca will serve as executive producer. De Luca has experience behind true-life films like this one, having produced both Captain Phillips and The Social Network, both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars.

'Free Solo' Documentary - 2018 Jimmy Chin and Alex Honnold 2018
‘Free Solo’ director Jimmy Chin with climber Alex Honnold. S Crossley/N Geographic/Kobal/Shutterstock

The project will follow the rescue story of the Wild Boar boys soccer team, who got caught inside of a cave system with their coach 1,000 meters below the surface after heavy rains during monsoon season. The group of 13 people were later rescued over three days in July 2018 in a harrowing mission after rising water levels threatened their safety. During the course of the entire situation, the rescue effort had over 100 divers, 900 police officers, and 2,000 soldiers involved, according to The New York Times.

Chin and Vasarhelyi have been on quite a ride since making Free Solo with climber Alex Honnold, winning numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary at the Academy Awards. The movie also won six Primetime Emmy Awards and grossed nearly $30 million worldwide.

Chin and Vasarhelyi have been very busy since debuting Free Solo, as they’ve locked in a first-look deal with National Geographic to create new projects and also may direct Jake Gyllenhaal in a film based on the true crime book The Helicopter Heist for Netflix. The new deal with Nat Geo will cover unscripted series and specials, along with other feature documentaries for National Geographic.

To read more about Free Solo, Chin and Vasarhelyi, Honnold, and the work behind the film, follow Men’s Journal’s coverage here:

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