There's something about people being trapped underground that brings in audiences in droves. When baby Jessica fell into that drain pipe in 1987 and spent over two days caught inside, everyone was glued to their sets to see if she would be freed. Just two years later, they all saw the whole story fictionalized for a television movie with Beau Bridges, Roxana Zal and Will Oldham.

Now we've got the Chilean miners, who are a group of men that were recently trapped underground after part of their mine collapsed, managing to survive for a stunning 69 days before they were rescued. Being an impressive story -- and one where everyone happened to live, which is a nice, happy-ending bonus -- Brad Pitt and his Plan B Entertainment are eager to bring the story to the big screen.
The Wrap reports (via El Mercurio) that Pitt's shingle is in talks to buy the rights to the story, and that some of the miners might be negotiating roles for themselves in the production. A lawyer representing the miners has stated that the 33 miners have been swamped with proposals for their story, and that Pitt has entered the fray with a multi million-dollar offer after visiting the country on a few occasions. It looks like they are interested in Pitt's proposal, though they want to form a holding company so that the pay is equally distributed amongst each of them.

The men were caught underground in a small space, but there's a lot Pitt can do with the story. Though help from the outside certainly ensured their survival, the organization down below was essential. A number of men took on roles within the group, to stay organized and alive -- leaders, medics, religious figures and communications -- essentially, they formed an underground community to survive.

Do you want to see this story made into feature film? If so, should it remain true to the real-life figures and star either the men themselves or other actors from that region? Or would such a film not do well without English-speaking stars?
categories Movies, Cinematical