Film To Tell Rescued Chilean Miners’ Story

28/07/2011 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

The extraordinary story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days is to be turned into a film.
The movie will recount the events surrounding the collapse of the mine near Copiapo last year and the efforts to rescue the men who were finally pulled to freedom as the world watched.
The deal has been struck by Academy Award-nominated producer Mike Medavoy who has worked on films such as ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Black Swan’.He said: “Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapo. 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.”
Miner Juan Andres Illanes said: “One year after the collapse of the mine, we consider this to be a great step towards the realisation of a film based on our experience in the mine. This is the only official and authorised film about what we lived in the San Jose mine. Much of our story has never been told.”
Jose Rivera who penned the screenplay for ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ is due to write the film script.
In parallel to the film, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Hector Tobar is writing the official book on the miners’ story, using never before divulged details, including material from the diary of miner Víctor Segovia, written during his time under ground, which has being kept strictly under wraps up to this point.
Production on the film is scheduled to start in 2012.

Source: Sky News

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