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Producer Mike Medavoy buys rights to make movie about 33 Chilean miners




Now here's a movie we've been waiting to see: Producer Mike Medavoy has acquired the rights to tell the story of those 33 Chilean miners who survived being trapped underground for 69 days, the Hollywood Reporter says. See? Not everything has to be a remake.

"Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapo," said Medavoy, who lived in the country for 10 years as a boy. "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."

Motorcycle Diaries screenwriter Jose Rivera will adapt the story, which has plenty of details that haven't been revealed by the miners, who agreed as a group to only spill the beans once a movie deal was in place. There's no indication how much Medavoy paid, but since it had to be split 33 ways, we can assume it was plenty.

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[Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 2:55pm]


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