Dana Ledoux Miller (“Designated Survivor”, “Lodge 49”) and Michael Russell Gunn (“Billions”, “Designated Survivor”) will serve as showrunners and executive producers for the upcoming series based on the gripping true story. The show will be directed and executive produced by “Baz” Nattawut Poonpiriya (“Bad Genius”, “One for the Road”), who will direct the first episode, and Kevin Tancharoen (“Warrior”, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”).
In June 2018 the world was gripped with the news of a young football team, The Wild Boars, who were trapped in caves in Thailand for two weeks. The international rescue effort included divers from Britain, China, Thailand, America and Australia and, sadly, resulted in the death of Saman Kunan – a former Thai Navy Seal. The Netflix series has the support of the Thai government.
Headlining the cast in the role of “Coach Ek” is “Beam” Papangkorn Lerkchaleampote (“The Stranded”). The 12 rescued boys will be played by Thai newcomers: Pratya Patong, Thanaphong Kanthawong, Songpol Kanthawong, Thanawut Chetuku, Thapanot Huttaprasu, Chakkaphat Sisat, Thanapat Phungpumkaew, Teerapat Somkaew, Rattapoom Nakeesathid, Watcharaphol Poungsawan, Apisit Saengchan, and Aphisit Yookham.
Executive producers also include John Penotti (Crazy Rich Asians, Palmer) for SK Global Entertainment; Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) and Lance Johnson (Troop Zero, The Magnificent Seven) for Electric Somewhere; John Logan Pierson (Spenser Confidential, Mile 22); Tim Coddington (Mulan, Crazy Rich Asians).
Principal photography will be primarily shot on location in Thailand and is planned for a global Netflix release in 2022.
“The story combines so many unique local and universal themes which connected people from all walks of life, from all around the world; Thailand is a very important market for Netflix and we are looking forward to bringing this inspiring local, but globally resonant story to life.”
– Netflix’s Erika North