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Thai Government to take a cut of rescued soccer team's major movie deal

By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane

 

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PHOTO: Two film companies are competing for the rights to tell the story of the boys' rescue. (Reuters: Soe Zeya Tun)

 

The Thai Government is planning to take a substantial share of a major movie deal signed with the families of the rescued Wild Boars soccer team.

 

The long-running negotiations over film rights are getting closer to a deal, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks, who asked not to be identified because of possible reprisals from the Thai Government.

 

The ABC understands representatives of two competing film companies will meet with family members on February 25 to discuss their offers.

 

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-20/thai-government-to-take-cut-of-cave-soccer-teams-movie-deal/10830980?fbclid=IwAR2aKS6LYKZnpMneq8ak5Bi4Db_IXuqU1rQW6M83ILfeCEsOih5u1WhdI34

 

-- ABC News 2019-02-20

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I would imagine the cost to save the boys cost the Thai government a small fortune that could have been used in other areas, had they not ventured so far into the cave in the first place and as one poster said, it cost the life of one retired navy seal and 4 rescuers being trapped themselves and needing rescuing.

 

I see no problem with the Thai government recouping all or part of the funds, as long as it goes back into where it was originally intended to go, add to that the shutting of the cave/s during the rain season, and better signage, training for rescuers, again as mentioned by another poster.

 

Sure some might not agree and look at it as a money grab, but seriously, why should the public be held accountable to foot the bill, it's a win/win situation in my opinion.

 

That said, I hope these two film companies seeking to close the deal, pay the right price and not take advantage of the mostly uneducated Thai's when it comes to money matters, when comparing what these film companies will be raking in when you translate the money into western currencies at the box office.

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32 minutes ago, Oziex1 said:

No, not fair as there is little chance this money will go to replace public funds used, it will find it's way into the pockets of junta leaders. 

One would hope your crystal ball is incorrect.

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I guess they will take a substantial cut when the caves are opened to tourists as well.

And there is likely to be a movie out before this one about the ThamLuang 13 that is not held to ransom.

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1 hour ago, 4MyEgo said:

I would imagine the cost to save the boys cost the Thai government a small fortune that could have been used in other areas, had they not ventured so far into the cave in the first place and as one poster said, it cost the life of one retired navy seal and 4 rescuers being trapped themselves and needing rescuing.

 

I see no problem with the Thai government recouping all or part of the funds, as long as it goes back into where it was originally intended to go, add to that the shutting of the cave/s during the rain season, and better signage, training for rescuers, again as mentioned by another poster.

 

Sure some might not agree and look at it as a money grab, but seriously, why should the public be held accountable to foot the bill, it's a win/win situation in my opinion.

 

That said, I hope these two film companies seeking to close the deal, pay the right price and not take advantage of the mostly uneducated Thai's when it comes to money matters, when comparing what these film companies will be raking in when you translate the money into western currencies at the box office.

 

They were children under the direction of an adult.

 

They and their families owe the State nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Enoon said:

 

They were children under the direction of an adult.

 

They and their families owe the State nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

What a selfish comment.

 

It would be common decency for the families to thank the Thai government for returning their loved ones to safety after putting all their's and the international communities efforts into it, at a cost to the Thai's, the money spent could be returning as a % of the monies they are about to receive from the movie deal, for without the Thai government's HELP, they would not be here, would they.

 

But as one can see in society, it's all about the money, money, money, or what one can get for one's self, not remembering the cost and who bore it, isn't it.

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4 hours ago, Eligius said:

Surprise, surprise! Who would ever, in their wildest dreams, have anticipated this!!

A few of us dumb farang who can't understand Thailand mentioned this early on when we learned the government was trying to control who would make the movie (Hollywood vs local). I know you know 😊

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They forgot the 50 Chinese died that day....discrimination made in thailand

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