Chilean Miners movie story acquired by Black Swan producer Mike Medavoy and writer Jose Rivera

By on Jul 26, 2011 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Movies, South America, United States Comments

A “Chilean miners” movie story was reportedly acquired on Sunday, July 24, 2011, by producer Mike Medavoy and will be adapted by writer Jose Rivera.

Luiz Urza (wearing dark glasses), last of the 33
Chilean miners rescued, sings with Chilean
President Sebastian Pinera and other rescue workers

Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

According to a press release by both camps published at that day, the story of representatives of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped and rescued will now be a movie.

As noted on the report, their representative already talked with Academy Award-nominated producer Mike Medavoy, who will do the film; and will be written by “Motorcycle Diaries” screenwriter Jose Rivera.

“Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapó. 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.” Mike Medavoy was quoted on the report.

“I can’t think of a better story than this one to bring to the screen,” Medavoy added, whose movie credits include the multi-award winning film “Black Swan”; and was said to have lived in Chile for 10 years when he was young.

“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.” Juan Andrés Illanes, the third of the rescued 33 Chilean miners reportedly said.

“This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San José mine.” Illanes added, noting that much of their story has not yet been told.

As of this writing, no further details were revealed except that production will start in 2012; while an official book about the story of the 33 Chilean miners is currently being written by Hector Tobar.

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