Brad Pitt company vies to film Chile miner saga
A Hollywood company owned by movie star Brad Pitt is in talks for film rights to the story of 33 miners rescued after surviving two months trapped deep underground in Chile, local media reported.
A lawyer for the miners told the daily El Mercurio that 46-year-old Pitt’s “Plan B” Entertainment Company, hopes also to create a film rendering of the men’s harrowing underground captivity, which ended last month.
Attorney Edgardo Reinoso, who represents the men, said Pitt’s company made a multi-million-dollar offer to win the rights to make the film.
Several of the rescued miners might even be tapped for roles in the film, according to the newspaper.
Plan B has produced several Hollywood films including the recently released, “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Kick-Ass” and “Eat, Pray, Love.”
The miners say they want to create a holding company that would manage any proceeds from their miraculous and improbable story before sealing any deal, so that the funds could be equitably distributed among all the men.
Reinoso said he has been flooded with proposals from numerous groups looking for interviews or hoping to seal commercial deals with the miners, with an average 10 propositions per day, according to El Mercurio.
The 33 miners were hoisted to freedom on October 13, after being trapped for a record 69 days in a collapsed mine in Chile.
Their dramatic rescue, as they were pulled painstakingly out of the mine one by one, garnered global attention and celebrity.