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Remarkable story of Chile’s 33 miners comes to the big screen

A co-producer of the critically acclaimed thriller Black Swan has confirmed that he will work on the film project.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011  
Famous producer Mike Medavoy, who lived in Chile as a child, will helm the movie project. Famous producer Mike Medavoy, who lived in Chile as a child, will helm the movie project.

Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy has confirmed that he will work on a film telling the story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for more than two months last year.

The co-producer of the 2010 psychological thriller Black Swan spent 10 years of his childhood living in Chile.

Medavoy, who is also the CEO and Chairman of Phoenix Pictures, has reached an agreement with the lawyers representing the 33 miners from the San José mine in the Atacama Desert and says he is looking forward to working on the film.

“Like millions of people around the world, the rescue in Copiapó captivated me completely,” he told Argentinean newspaper El Nacional. “At its heart, it is a story about the triumph of the human spirit and a tribute to the courage and perseverance of the Chilean people.”

The film will draw on a book about the dramatic rescue which is currently being written by Pulitzer winning journalist and author, Hector Tobar.

According to Mario Sepúlveda, one of the 33 rescued miners, the film will include details about the world famous survival story that have not yet been revealed.

He told Radio Cooperativa that the miners had been cautious about giving their endorsement to the project. “I wasn’t going to give my story to just anybody because it’s a story full of life, hope and positive attitude,” he said. “There are marvellous things here that haven't been told.”

“It is a story that cannot fall into the hands of somebody who doesn't have professional ethics.”

Carlos Eugenio Lavín, a Chilean businessman and childhood  friend of Medavoy's, will be the film's local executive producer.

Shooting is set to begin early next year although it is not yet known which Hollywood studio will be responsible for the film's distribution.