BANGKOK • His Thai wife is a classmate of the diver who died during efforts to rescue 12 boys and their football coach who were stranded in a cave in Thailand.
"My wife was shocked when she (heard) the news," said American movie producer Michael Scott, who plans to make a film about the near three-week ordeal which captivated the world.
"So often in the news, it's so dark and gloomy and this is something that everybody can watch and be inspired by," added Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix, a production company based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Los Angeles.
"All the stuff that happened on the Thai side, you've got the international divers' teams - I think it will attract some really incredible screenwriters, directors and actors to the project," CNBC cited him as saying.
He believes his movie about the cave rescue mission will echo the same spirit of never giving up that is probed in films such as Sully. That 2016 movie traced how a pilot landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River in New York, without the loss of any lives.
"People are interested in true stories," he said. "And now that we know that the boys are out, what an incredible story it is. "
But he will need to secure the rights from each of the boys' families, the coach and any rescuers he wants to feature, in order to get their first-hand accounts of what happened, reported Reuters.
There is also the challenge of filming in murky waters, which made the rescue operation especially daunting.