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Monday July 25, 2011

“Black Swan” Producer Buys Rights to Chilean Miners Film

“Black Swan” Producer Buys Rights to Chilean Miners Film

Photo: Mike Medavoy to Produce Chilean Miners FIlm

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“Black Swan” and “Shutter Island” producer Mike Medavoy has purchased the rights to the extraordinary story of the 33 Chilean miners who spent 69 days underground.  The script will be written by José Rivera (“Motorcycle Diaries”) and production is expected to start next year.

“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. This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San José mine. Much of our story has never been told,” said miner Juan Andrés Illanes.

“Motorcycle Diaries” writer José Rivera will write the script based on miner’s accounts transcripted by Pulitzer Prize winner Héctor Tobar, who is writing the official book on the miners’ odyssey.  The script will also include material from the diary of miner Víctor Segovia, written during his time underground that has never been released.

“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. I can’t think of a better story than this one to bring to the screen,” said Medavoy.