Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment is currently in talks to bring the story of the trapped 33 Chilean miners to the big screen, and has reportedly made a multimillion-dollar offer to not only buy the film rights, but possibly cast some of the miners themselves, according to Santiago newspaper, El Mercurio.
Edgardo Reinoso, the lawyer who represents the miners, added that there has been an average of ten offers per day to buy the rights to the story, but that the miners want to form a holding company to split profits before they sign with a producer.
While trapped in the mine, the miners requested “Troy” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” among the movies to be sent down, so the head of Plan B productions is definitely a favorite among the 33.
Coincidentally, the miners were rescued by a Plan B, so if this unfolds with the same serendipitous undertones than the rescue (remember the infamous number 33?) we might just see the miners in a Hollywood production.
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news last week that yet another “33” production is already filmed called “The 33 of San José,” from director Antonio Recio. Reportedly, the film has been shot in a mine shaft close to the real one in Chile where the original accident took place, and features a cast of 32 Chilean actors and one Bolivian star, identically reflecting the national makeup of the trapped miners.