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article imageBook, movie being planned for Chilean miners rescue story

By Andrew Moran     Oct 15, 2010 in World
Los Angeles - The rescue of the 33 Chilean miners has captured the attention of the world for several weeks. With just three days passed since the miners were saved, Hollywood has already begun deals to produce a motion picture on their heroic tale.
Prior to the safe return of the final Chilean miner, multiple book, movie and exclusive interview deals were already being offered to the families of the miners. Industry observers believe their story could be worth a grand total of several hundred thousand dollars, according to Reuters.
It is estimated that television interviews could be worth $20,000. The average Chilean miner earns between $4,000 and $19,000 per year.
There have even been reports endorsement deal discussions for the mining equipment and beer.
In early 2011, a book called “33 Men, Buried Alive: The Inside Story of the Trapped Chilean Miners” will be published in the United Kingdom. The book is being written by Guardian contributor Jonathan Franklin.
“I was approached by multiple literary agents,” said Franklin, reports the BBC News. “It was a huge story in Chile before the world got interested and I'd written so many articles for The Guardian and they were seen.”
Thaindian reports that actor Javier Bardem is currently in talks to play a role in the movie that will be adapted from Franklin’s book. Throughout the entire ordeal, journalists consistently compared Bardem’s resemblance to the miners.
However, nothing has been official and no cast or crew has been announced as of yet.
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