Chilean miners sign Hollywood film deal

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The men have sold the film rights to the Hollywood producer responsible for the Oscar winning movie Black Swan and have promised to give a no-holds-barred account of their ordeal.

"This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San Jose mine," said Juan Andres Illanes, one of "Los 33", as they have become known. "Much of our story has never been told."

Rumours of potential film versions of their time spent trapped 2,000ft below the Atacama desert in northern Chile have circulated since even before the men were brought to the surface in a televised rescue that was watched by an estimated worldwide audience of a billion people.

Brad Pitt was among those rumoured to be negotiating for the rights but industry newspaper Hollywood Reporter revealed that Mike Medavoy, the producer behind blockbusters Black Swan and Shutter Island, has secured the deal almost a year after the shaft collapsed trapping the team of workers....

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