MGM acquires Ron Howard’s biopic Thirteen Lives
After a weekend of studios Ron Howard wants to pick up (Solo: A Star Wars story) ‘S upcoming biopic, which focuses on Tham Luang’s cave rescue in 2018, has been acquired and acquired by MGM Thirteen lives, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Written by Oscar nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator, Everest) follows the story of the soccer team of the boys from Thailand, who were trapped in a cave for more than weeks when heavy rains partially flooded the cave and blocked their way out. All of the boys were rescued along with their 25-year-old trainer, although the efforts of a retired Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, who ran out of oxygen while saving the children, and Beirut Pakbara, a rescue diver, took the life of a year and a half later after a blood infection that contracted during the rescue.
“The Thai families, the government and a community of farmers and neighbors who came together to help a global group of rescue divers recover from 12 fearless young men and their trainer were an exceptional act of teamwork. MGM is deeply honored to be part of this project with Ron, Brian, Karen, P.J., Gaby and to tell the audience everywhere the incredible real story of people working together to reunite the 13 with their familiesPamela Abdy, president of MGM Film Group, said in a statement.
The film is currently being launched by CAA Media Finance as a mid-budget project for select studios, and sources report that while there is great interest in the story, there are several competing projects that have an edge. Jon M. Chu (Crazy rich Asians) is developing a mini series for Netflix that will focus on the kids Free soloJimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi develop a film for Universal and Kevin MacDonald (Whitney) is planning a NatGeo documentation.
“This film is a case study of courage and volunteering – the courage of the prisoners, divers, officials, and locals who all came together to overcome insurmountable opportunities while the world was watching. Brian and I are happy to work with MGM, P.J. and Gaby work together to bring this hero story to the audience around the wordHoward said in a statement.
Sources also report that despite competition, CAA is not trying to let this project die in developing hell and is trying to speed up production once the global health crisis has resolved.
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Thirteen lives It’s not the first time that Nicholson or Howard are exploring the biographical genre, as both Oscar-nominated careers built on their ability to bring true stories to life in an entertaining way. Nicholson’s previous efforts in this genre include Shadow lands based on the life of Narnia Author C. S. Lewis, Gray owl based on the British student who became the Native American trapper Elizabeth: The golden age focused on the last part of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign Mandela: Long way to freedom with Idris Elba as the legendary anti-apartheid revolutionary and Unbroken Directed by Angelina Jolie, his focus included Army Officer Louie Zamperini and his struggle for survival in a POW camp after his plane was shot down.
Howard’s work in the biopic genre dates back to 1995 with the two Oscar winners Apollo 13, which this project is very reminiscent of, and four Oscar winners A beautiful mindOscar nominated Cinderella ManOscar nominated Frost / Nixon and Golden Globe nominated Hurry.
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