Netflix has announced that Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu and Thai director Nattawut Poonpiriya will co-direct its story about the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in northern Thailand last year.

The Wild Boars soccer team made headlines around the world after they were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks from late June 2018.

All 12 boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach were saved following a perilous mission involving 90 expert divers in which a former Thai navy diver died while on an air re-supply mission inside the cave.

Chu said the project would be in a "unique multilingual format" and show how "tragic human drama transformed into a beautiful, inspirational story of human beings saving other human beings."

Poonpiriya commented: "This is an opportunity for me as a filmmaker - and also a Thai citizen - to write a thank-you letter to the rest of the world."

Netflix's Erika North added in a statement:  "The story combines so many unique local and universal themes which connected people from all walks of life, from all around the world.

"Thailand is a very important market for Netflix and we are looking forward to bringing this inspiring local, but globally resonant story to life."

The story of the rescue mission which gripped people around the world is being developed by multiple parties, including a film at Universal, a National Geographic documentary and an independent movie called The Cave.