July 25th, 2011
10:23 AM ET
It was only a matter of time before the amazing story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after 69 days underground found its way to the big screen.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, producer Mike Medavoy (whose other production credits include "Shutter Island" and "Black Swan") has snapped up the rights to the story, and "Motorcycle Diaries" scribe Jose Rivera has been enlisted to adapt the screenplay.
"Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapo," says Medavoy, who spent a decade living in Chile as a kid. "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."
The movie, of course, will retrace how the workers became trapped underground and the rescue efforts that captivated news viewers worldwide. Production is slated to begin next year.
Added miner Juan Andres Illanes, “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," he says, according to THR. "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.”
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