Bangkok, The cave complex in northern

Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more

than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum.

Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the

operation unfolded, adding that it would be a “major attraction” for

Thailand.

At least two companies are also looking to make a film telling

the story of the rescue.

The rescued group are all now recovering in hospital.

The Thai Navy Seals have also published dramatic footage of the

operation itself, showing how expert divers navigated the Wild Boar

football team through the perilous journey to the surface.

The Tham Luang cave is one of the largest cave systems in

Thailand. It lies under the mountains around the small town of Mae

Sai, in northern Chiang Rai province on the border with Myanmar.

The area is largely undeveloped with only limited tourism

facilities.

“The area will become a living museum, to show how to operation

unfolded,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, the former governor and head of

the rescue mission, told a news conference.

“An interactive data base will be set up. It will become another major

attraction for Thailand.”

However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said

precautions would have to be implemented both inside and outside the

cave to safeguard tourists.

It’s not clear if the museum would be operational all year round,

as Thailand is prone to heavy floods during the monsoon season,

which lasts from June until October.

It was the sudden onset of that rainy season that trapped the

boys deep underground while they were exploring.

Plans to turn the rescue operation into a movie are also in the

works, with two production companies racing to turn the extraordinary

story into a film.

Even before all 13 people had been brought out, US studio

Pure Flix, which makes inspirational Christian films had announced its

producers were on the ground interviewing rescue workers for a

potential film.

Studio co-founder, Michael Scott, lives in Thailand and said his

wife grew up with Saman Gunan, the former Thai Navy Seal member

who lost his life during the mission.

“To see all that heroic bravery in the cave, and to get all the divers out,

it’s just such a touching event and so personal to me,” he said in a

video on Twitter, filmed at the rescue site.

But according to Los Angeles-based Ivanhoe Pictures, they

have been officially picked by the Thai government and navy to

develop the film.

US media quoted the company as saying the film would be

directed by Jon M Chu. He last partnered with Ivanhoe in directing the

upcoming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians.

Concerns are already being raised on social media that the

movie could be “white-washed”, focusing more on the international

characters while downplaying the role of Thais. But, Chu insisted on

Twitter that the film would not be given that treatment.

“No way. Not on our watch. That won’t happen or we’ll give them hell.

“There’s a beautiful story about human beings saving other human

beings. So anyone thinking about the story better approach it right and

respectfully,” he said.

The trapped group in Thailand have now all been rescued from

the cave, and are now recuperating in hospital.

Their plight and the massive, dangerous three-day-long

operation to free them gripped the world’s attention.

The 12 boys and their coach first made their way into the cave

on the 23 June, but found themselves trapped inside after heavy rains

poured down and caused the cave to flood.

They were found by British divers after nine days, and were

eventually rescued days after in an operation that involved dozens of

divers and hundreds of other rescue workers, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency