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Chilean mining disaster to get big-screen treatment

Chilean Miners

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Since their rescue from the San Jose Mine disaster last year, the 33 heroic Chilean miners have been a movie waiting to happen. Finally, it’s official. Producer Mike Medavoy (Black Swan) and his Phoenix Pictures have come to an agreement with the miners to turn their ordeal into a motion picture, according to a joint statement. Though no studio is yet involved, screenwriter José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) is working on the script, recounting the 69 days the miners were trapped half a mile under the ground.

“Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapó,” said Medavoy, who grew up in Chile. “At its heart, this is a story about the triumph of the human spirit and a testament to the courage and perseverance of the Chilean people. I can’t think of a better story than this one to bring to the screen.”

“One year after the collapse of the mine, we consider this to be a great step towards the realization of a film based on our experience in the mine. This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San José mine. Much of our story has never been told,” said miner Juan Andrés Illanes.

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