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Chilean miners go to Hollywood - filming to start next year

The saga of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months is on its way to the big screen.

They have sold the rights to their story to producer Mike Medavoy and the film will recount their plight after the San Jose mine they were working on collapsed near Copiapo, Chile.

Mr Medavoy spent 10 years of his childhood in Chile.

"Motorcycle Diaries" Jose Rivera is set to write the script which will be based on the book being written by Times columnist Hector Tobar.

No studio has been appointed to distribute the film with production scheduled for next year.

Dubbed "Los 33" the group of miners eventually emerged on October 13 with tales of survival including contemplation of suicide and cannibalism.