Story of Chilean miners to be made into a movie
July 25th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Story of Chilean miners to be made into a movie

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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  1. Jacob

    Event though the second guy in the picture (left to right) is wearing a Chilean flag, he is not Chilean, he is a Bolivian.
    There were only 32 Chileans miners.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trazey

    Yah, isn't Vinnie Chase going to direct it?? oh wait, that was Entourage last week 😉

    July 26, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dax

    Wow, this comes as a surprise. *Holds up sarcasm sign*

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. E.Martins

    sounds like someone's been paying attention to the new season of entourage.. or vice-versa.. whichever the case, it should make for an interesting plotline.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. loanmonarch

    Just tell me the miners are going to be compensated appropriately. This was one of the more compelling stories of human survival I have ever seen and it would be a travesty if everyone profited except the miners themselves.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sherri

    If you didn't see this coming way back when, you're blind as a bat.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zabel

    Focus of the movie should be on the rescuers, the REAL heroes of this ordeal.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    I can see this as a Danny Boyle film.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. eric

    I am confused to as why a movie would be made because of what these guys went through. Why doesn't their own country make a movie of that?? There are so many things wrong with the country I was born in. Now these individuals will pretty soon if not already be driving around in jaguars and BMW's in a country that is not there own...geez.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluflores

      Hey Eric: come on lad, get a life! if these fellas succeded after enduring such ordeal, it is only fair that they would taste some of the good thing. Envy is a bad thing you know, it kills you from within and corrodes everybody else around ye. Do something worth filming about and I bet you'll be knocking every door to get a share of the profit.

      July 29, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. noneya

    Don't glorify these heathens like Jonni Barrios. Having a wife and a mistress is wrong. If a woman did this in his country, she'd be killed.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Noneya

    Don't glorify these guys, especially Jonni Barrios, who had a wife and a girlfriend. These people have no morals whatsoever!

    July 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dartformation

    Roman Polanski was pushing to direct this one. Then he realized that they were just miners.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. someoneelse

    I wonder how it ends?

    July 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DIANA

    I hope they get paid. We need a story like this right now. God Bless them!

    July 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Copper98

    this is not a shock. I know it was going to happen the whole time I watched the rescue.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ANGEL

    i want to know more about the miner whose mistress and wife were at the rescue!!! LOL// of course everything else is important, but that part was too much!!!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ana L

    mmm, I love chili

    July 25, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. pusycato

    I love chilli. Hope they make it with beans.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  19. Shame

    Looks like Hollywood has run out of ideas. Next thing you know they're turning the massacre in Norway into a movie... it's a shame.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      We'll be subjected to the Casey Anthony movie before the Norway debacle.
      These guys will hopefully get paid from it, they deserve the cash for what they endured.

      July 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |

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