A scene from "The Cave," the first big-screen retelling of the Thai rescue operation of 12 Thai schoolboy footballers and their coach, which premiered October 5.
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The first movie centered around the cave rescue of 12 Thai schoolboy footballers and their coach made its world premiere Saturday and there was one man in the audience for whom the experience proved as thrilling as it was nerve-shredding.Directed by Irish-Thai filmmaker Tom Waller, the film is the first in what is expected to be a rollout of big- and small-screen treatments of the story.Waller's film puts its focus more on the rescue effort than on the kids and the teacher who were trapped -- more by necessity than design, after those rescued signed deals tying them to a Netflix series in the works.Reports say they were paid around $100,000 each and there is also a National Geographic documentary in the works from the team behind the Oscar-winning film Free Solo.
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