Trapped Chilean miners’ story set for big screen

The story of last year’s Chilean mine rescue, of 33 miners who were trapped half a mile below the earth’s surface for a total of 69 days, is set to be adapted for the big screen, reports.

Puerto Rican José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) is set to script the film, which has been agreed upon by representatives of the 33 miners. An official statement reads, “The film will recount the events surrounding the mine’s collapse and the subsequent rescue efforts”.

Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy (Black Swan, Shutter Island) and Edward McGurn will produce the film under the former’s Half Circle banner, while two long-term Chilean associates, Carlos Eugenio Lavín and Leopoldo Enriquez, will executive produce. A director has not been announced.

The film’s release will coincide with the publication of the official book of the miners’ story, written by the Los Angeles-born Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar.

The film’s production is set to begin in 2012.

About The Author

Michael Pattison is a film critic from Gateshead.

3 Responses

  1. Doc Oc

    I wonder if they will tell you about the blow up dolls they demanded to be sent down to them?

  2. MP

    How likely is it that this film will just be a formulaic triumph-over-adversity pic similar to Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center? I won’t expect any sort of proper interrogation of the general conditions these people work in under capitalism. Sigh.

  3. Doc Oc

    I agree, watching a film about men trapped underground that we already know the outcome of doesn’t fill me with excitement really. Maybe if we hadn’t been saturated by the round the clock news coverage which turned the whole affair into some sort of farce.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.