Hollywood, unsurprisingly, has already jumped on the still-fresh story of the ordeal of 12 boys and their soccer coach in Thailand, who were rescued from a miles-deep underwater mountain cave; news that might generate mixed feelings about the film industry, especially since the harrowing life-and-death scenario was only resolved a few days ago.
Students of Mae Sai Prasitsart School, where some of the schoolboys study at, celebrate after the 12 soccer players and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 11, 2018.
"Our condolences to Dr Richard Harris, one of the leading rescuers whose father just passed away hours after his rescue mission had been completed", the Thai Navy Seals wrote on Facebook. Moreover, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha confirmed the boys were given the drug "to make them not excited, not stressed", according to the Daily Mail.
After exploring the caves on June 23, the soccer team and their coach were left stranded, around four kilometres inside the cave system after heavy rains and floodwater blocked their pathway out.
Thailand's junta chief told reporters on Tuesday that the group had been given a "minor tranquiliser" to help calm their nerves.
That's good news for the boys who had said they were looking forward to fried rice with basil.
"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this worldwide operation led by the Thai government", they said.
Thai authorities have only released partial information about the bold operation to free the team, heavily restricting access to the boys and their families.
We'll provide more details on Jon Chu's film as they become available.
Saman's death, the only casualty in the operation, was widely mourned.
Chu has previously directed films such as Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) and Now You See Me 2 (2016).
The Thai government has thanked the Indian government and Kirloskar Brothers Limited, a Pune-based pump manufacturer, for the "offer of technical expertise in fluid management" through a subsidiary during the rescue of the football team.
Other video footage shows several of the boys in hospital, in quarantine and wearing face masks but seemingly in good health as they nod, wave and flash peace signs to the camera.
But one man has emerged as a pivotal figure in the most unlikely of rescues - Australian diver and anaesthetist Richard "Harry" Harris.
In a statement, Harris and his dive partner Craig Challen expressed relief at the success of the painstaking operation.
"The favourable outcome that has been achieved is nearly beyond our imagination when we first became involved in this operation".
"We brought the children out like eggs protected in stone", Apakorn said, referencing a Thai saying equivalent to "velvet glove". They got far enough inside that rising floodwaters, not unusual at the cave this time of year, blocked their exit.