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Thai cave boys writing agreement with Netflix

The streaming giant said it was partnering with the production company behind the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians – SK Global Entertainment – and 13 Tham Luang Company Ltd to tell the boys' "hard and heroic history", according to a statement released to CNN from Netflix, Southeast Asia.

The Thai Government's Creative Media Committee has reviewed bids on behalf of the boys and their coaches. 13 Tham Luang Company Ltd was founded on February 11 to "negotiate rights" and deal with the future media opportunities of the scared football team.

A contract has not yet been signed, but both parties have agreed on the terms, according to the statement. If an agreement goes through, SK Global Entertainment will have life rights "to use the victim's stories to create creative media on the Tham Luang incident."

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A daring rescue

The group's reputation, all members of a local football team called Wild Bears, captivated the audience around about in the world in the summer of 2018 when they got deep inside a submerged cave complex in northern Thailand.

A daring international rescue action was launched to reach the boys, between 11 and 16 years old, who were imprisoned in tap water, without food and rapidly rising water levels along with their 25-year-old trainer.
Divers who are involved in the rescue described dangerous conditions, with fast moving shallow water passing through very narrow passages – so treacherous were the conditions that a Thai Navy SEAL died during the operation.
The successful rescue of all 13 members of the group was hailed as a "miracle". The boys have since become smaller celebrities, participated in youth Olympic summer games in Buenos Aires, Argentina where they played a friendly at Monumental Stadium, and even appeared at the US talk show "Ellen".

If contracts with SK Global Entertainment and Netflix are signed, the boys and their coach will donate 15% of all income generated by the contract to the Thai State Disaster Relief Office.

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