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Chilean miners sign Hollywood film deal

The men have sold the film rights to the Hollywood producer responsible for the Oscar winning movie Black Swan and have promised to give a no-holds-barred account of their ordeal.

“This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San Jose mine,” said Juan Andres Illanes, one of “Los 33″, as they have become known. “Much of our story has never been told.”

Rumours of potential film versions of their time spent trapped 2,000ft below the Atacama desert in northern Chile have circulated since even before the men were brought to the surface in a televised rescue that was watched by an estimated worldwide audience of a billion people.

Brad Pitt was among those rumoured to be negotiating for the rights but industry newspaper Hollywood Reporter revealed that Mike Medavoy, the producer behind blockbusters Black Swan and Shutter Island, has secured the deal almost a year after the shaft collapsed trapping the team of workers.

“Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapo,” Mr Medavoy, who lived in Chile as a child, said in a statement confirming the deal.

“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 film will be based on the writings of one of the miners, Victor Segovia, a 49-year-old father of four who kept a dairy while trapped in the mine.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera, who penned the screenplay for the 2004 drama The Motorcycle Diaries – charting a South American roadtrip taken by Che Guevara as a medical student – has been signed up to adapt the story for the big screen.

In the days following the rescue it emerged the miners had made a pact not to reveal intimate details of their desperate days trapped underground until finding a deal for the whole group.

But now they have collectively agreed the sale of the film rights and will share equally in any proceeds, a spokesman for the group said, although the amount they stand to gain has not been revealed.

The Telegraph

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Front Page, Industry News

Chilean miners sign Hollywood film deal

The men have sold the film rights to the Hollywood producer responsible for the Oscar winning movie Black Swan and have promised to give a no-holds-barred account of their ordeal.

“This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San Jose mine,” said Juan Andres Illanes, one of “Los 33″, as they have become known. “Much of our story has never been told.”

Rumours of potential film versions of their time spent trapped 2,000ft below the Atacama desert in northern Chile have circulated since even before the men were brought to the surface in a televised rescue that was watched by an estimated worldwide audience of a billion people.

Brad Pitt was among those rumoured to be negotiating for the rights but industry newspaper Hollywood Reporter revealed that Mike Medavoy, the producer behind blockbusters Black Swan and Shutter Island, has secured the deal almost a year after the shaft collapsed trapping the team of workers.

“Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapo,” Mr Medavoy, who lived in Chile as a child, said in a statement confirming the deal.

“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 film will be based on the writings of one of the miners, Victor Segovia, a 49-year-old father of four who kept a dairy while trapped in the mine.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera, who penned the screenplay for the 2004 drama The Motorcycle Diaries – charting a South American roadtrip taken by Che Guevara as a medical student – has been signed up to adapt the story for the big screen.

In the days following the rescue it emerged the miners had made a pact not to reveal intimate details of their desperate days trapped underground until finding a deal for the whole group.

But now they have collectively agreed the sale of the film rights and will share equally in any proceeds, a spokesman for the group said, although the amount they stand to gain has not been revealed.

The Telegraph

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Front Page, Industry News

Chilean miners sign Hollywood film deal

The men have sold the film rights to the Hollywood producer responsible for the Oscar winning movie Black Swan and have promised to give a no-holds-barred account of their ordeal.

“This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San Jose mine,” said Juan Andres Illanes, one of “Los 33″, as they have become known. “Much of our story has never been told.”

Rumours of potential film versions of their time spent trapped 2,000ft below the Atacama desert in northern Chile have circulated since even before the men were brought to the surface in a televised rescue that was watched by an estimated worldwide audience of a billion people.

Brad Pitt was among those rumoured to be negotiating for the rights but industry newspaper Hollywood Reporter revealed that Mike Medavoy, the producer behind blockbusters Black Swan and Shutter Island, has secured the deal almost a year after the shaft collapsed trapping the team of workers.

“Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapo,” Mr Medavoy, who lived in Chile as a child, said in a statement confirming the deal.

“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 film will be based on the writings of one of the miners, Victor Segovia, a 49-year-old father of four who kept a dairy while trapped in the mine.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera, who penned the screenplay for the 2004 drama The Motorcycle Diaries – charting a South American roadtrip taken by Che Guevara as a medical student – has been signed up to adapt the story for the big screen.

In the days following the rescue it emerged the miners had made a pact not to reveal intimate details of their desperate days trapped underground until finding a deal for the whole group.

But now they have collectively agreed the sale of the film rights and will share equally in any proceeds, a spokesman for the group said, although the amount they stand to gain has not been revealed.

The Telegraph

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