Chilean Gold Miners' Story Moves Toward the Silver Screen

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What a difference a year makes. Just last summer, 33 gold-copper Chilean miners were trapped beneath an unstable mine deep in the Atacama Desert, uncertain as to whether they would come out alive. Today, these heroes are preparing for their story to be told, Hollywood-style, to the world.

Word on the street is that heavyweight producer Mike Medavoy (of "Black Swan" fame), has come to an agreement with the miners to turn their ordeal into a feature film, bringing their iconic tale one (big) step closer to Tinseltown.

According to Entertainment Weekly, "The Motorcycle Diaries" scribe Jose Rivera has signed on to pen the script, which will focus on the 69 days the miners were trapped half a mile underground.

"Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapó,” said Medavoy, who also happens to be a native Chilean. “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.”

With heroic characters, a race against the clock, and life-and-death stakes, this tale certainly has the makings of a blockbuster.

Now the only question remaining is how many A-listers will fight to the death do whatever it takes to land those juicy lead roles.