Ron Howard has signed up to helm ‘Thirteen Lives’, to tell the real-life story of the 2018 Thai cave rescue.

The story focuses on the real-life story of the boy’s football team from Thailand who became trapped in a cave for more than two weeks when heavy rains partially flooded the cave, blocking their way out.

All twelve of the boys were rescued along with their 25-year-old coach, though the effort claimed the life of a retired Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, who ran out of air while saving the kids. Another rescue diver died a year and a half later as a result of a blood infection contracted during the rescue.

‘Gladiator’ scribe William Nicholson will pen the script. As with most of Howard’s drama’s the tone they will try and set is that of a ‘High Stakes’ filled with unbearable suspense, one that matches up with Howard’s ‘Apollo 13’.

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Never short of a project or 2, Howard’s latest work includes the documentary ‘Pavarotti’ and ‘Staw Wars spin-off feature ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. His upcoming projects include the documentary ‘Rebuilding Paradise’ which focuses on the community of Paradise, California, a town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, attempts to rebuild after devastating wildfires in 2018. On the feature front, his next up will be ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ which stars  Amy Adams, Haley Bennett and Freida Pinto.

As well as ‘Gladiator’ Nicholson is known for his work on ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ starring Cate Blanchett and ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. His latest works include ‘Hope Gap’ and ‘Breathe’.