Barely a day after members of the Thai military and assisting foreign divers finished liberating 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave on Tuesday (July 11), faith-based studio Pure Flix Entertainment sought the film rights to the story. The move, by a studio known for self-described “wholesome” films like the “God’s Not Dead,” struck fear of Whitewashing in the hearts of many Asian disaporic commentators. Take this Twitter thread from writer Jeff Yang, for example:


Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu promptly stepped in to fight this anticipated erasure with his own movie. Variety reported yesterday (July 11) that Chu and “Crazy Rich Asians” studio Ivanhoe Productions had started developing its own film about the ordeal. The report notes that Ivanhoe officials have already initiated talks with senior Thai government officials. Chu confirmed the news by retweeting other outlets’ stories on the development: