Black Swan and Shutter Island producer Mike Medavoy is set to return to his hometown of Santiago to film the personal stories and events of the trapped Chilean miners.
One of the most heartwarming stories of 2010 was the drama of the Copiapó mining accident in which 33 Chilean miners — ranging in age from 19 to 63 — were trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. Thanks to NASA technology, all 33 men were saved — and now, their miraculous story is going to be made into a movie!
Mike Medavoy — who grew up in Santiago as a young boy — has acquired the rights for the movie, as well as the rights to a book about the incident. He has commissioned Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera to pen the script, as well as Chilean businessman, Carlos E. Lavin to finance the film.
The Amadeus producer was initially indifferent to tackling the film. “I had the same reaction I think most people here do, ‘Do I really want to make a picture in which everybody knows the end?'”
But after a recent dinner with seven of the miners in Beverly Hills, Mike Medavoy believes the stories of each worker is more above the surface, than it is below. “From my personal experience in dealing with the miners, they all think this is a story of unity, this is a story of coming together,” says a spokesman for the group.
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