Ron Howard Directing Thirteen Lives, A Film About The Thai Cave Rescue

Ron Howard has been tapped to direct a film version of the 2018 cave rescue of the football team, Wild Boars, called Thirteen Lives.
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Ron Howard, director of the likes of Rush and Solo: A Star Wars Story, has been tapped to direct a new feature film focusing on the daring rescue of the Wild Boars football team after they became trapped in a Thai cave for over two weeks. The film is called Thirteen Lives.


This story took the world by storm in 2018. The Wild Boars football team entered the Tham Luang cave following a practice session and, due to a monsoon, were trapped as the entrance became blocked off. The team of eleven to sixteen year olds and their 25-year old coach were trapped for over two weeks.

Unfortunately a member of the rescue team, Saman Kunan, lost his life during the rescue.

Ron Howard Brings Thirteen Lives To Life

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It seemed only a matter of time until a feature film was put into production, and now not only do we have the official announcement, but we also have some names to attach to the project.

Ron Howard will be taking up the responsibility of directing, according to Deadline. The outlet also confirmed that the film will be penned by William Nicholson, the Oscar-winning writer of Gladiator.

This isn’t the only production of this story in the works. Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi are currently working on a film, with Universal set to distribute. There’s also a documentary from National Geographic and a Netflix mini-series from Crazy Rich Asians director John M. Chu.

Given the early state of production of this film, there is no word on when the film will actually see a release. However, it’s safe to say that the movie will tell a powerful story and will certainly be well directed by Ron Howard. Let us know your take on it in the comments below!


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