The Chilean Miners Forming A Corporation And Seeking Book And Film Deal

Over the next couple of weeks, representatives for the 33 Chilean miners that famously survived 69 days trapped in the San Jose mine last summer, will be going to Hollywood. Their plan is to make a deal for the miners to sell their life stories, and The Hollywood Reporter are suggesting that one media corporation would likely snap up both book and film rights at the same time.

I was fascinated to read the restrictions that the miners have placed on one another in order to be part of the same corporation, and therefore same deal:

Under the terms of their agreement with each other, the miners are free to make public appearances–as they have been doing–and to be paid to give talks, [Chile-based attorney Guillermo] Carey says. But they are not to discuss what happened inside the mine, nor can they enter into side deals to exploit their personal stories.

Would this story become a feature film, or just a TV movie? THR quote some unnamed film producers on how likely a big screen Chile 33 actually is:

One producer contacted by THR says a feature film might be a dicier proposition. “I’d need to see the details,” this producer says. “It’s a great story of perseverance and hope, but I don’t know if it’s a movie yet.” Another producer says it would be critical to attract a high-level author for the book, which could then lure an auteur director like Paul Greengrass or Danny Boyle to the material.

So, the likelihood of any film coming to fruition hangs upon an “auteur director” getting hooked on the notion. Where’s that Cameron chap… wasn’t he just saying something about how really, really claustrophobic environs make for great 3D?

You may recall that an independent filmmaker from Chile tried to get attention by starting work on a film “based upon” the incident while the miners were still trapped. No idea what stage he’s at, but I’m doubtful we’ll ever see anything come of his efforts.

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