Remember the story of the 33 Chilean miners who got stuck underground for 69 days?
The world watched with bated breath as they were each plucked one-by-one and rescued from their muddy tomb of a hole in the San Jose Mine.
Big-time producer Mike Medavoy is adapting the real life story into a film, and has now found a director.
Patricia Riggen – director of the critically-acclaimed La Misma Luna – will helm the pic, tentatively titled The 33.
Riggen says about the project:
“I was riveted – along with the rest of the world – as the drama of 33 Chilean miners unfolded. It’s been an extraordinary experience to meet the miners in person and hear from them the detailed account of their time underground. Since their rescue a little less than two years ago, the real story of their incredible survival has gone untold. In their darkest hour, they struggled to maintain their unity. The collapse brought out the best and the worst in them. Ultimately, the human spirit triumphed and all of them came out alive. I feel honored to have the opportunity to bring their extraordinary story to the world.”
Medavoy vouches for the director:
“I saw in her film not only her talent but the real humanity and humor that this film needs. Patricia has the heart and sensibility to bring this story to life in a way that accurately reflects what the miners and their families endured.”
The film is expected to start production early next year in Chile and to be produced in English.