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Brad Pitt bids for rights to Chilean miners’ story

By Rob Sharp

The drama of their captivity, rescue and love lives captivated TV audiences around the world. Now the film rights to the Chilean miners' dusky fight for survival are being sought by Brad Pitt.

The actor's production company, Plan B Entertainment, is understood to have made a multi-million pound offer for the chance to dramatise the events which unfolded at the San Jose mine in August, when 33 men were trapped for 69 days.

A Chilean lawyer, Edgardo Reinoso, who represents the men, has confirmed Pitt's approach, and said that some of the miners were set to have acting roles in the movie.

It is unclear whether Pitt himself is keen to appear. Mr Reinoso also reportedly claimed that the miners are trying to set up a holding company to ensure that all proceeds from the sale of their harrowing ordeal are distributed fairly among their number.

Mr Reinoso told the newspaper El Mercurio that he had been inundated with offers since the miners' dramatic rescue on 13 October. He claims to be fielding 10 offers a day from companies proposing books, television series and films about the miners' plight.

Plan B has produced several Hollywood films including The Time Traveler's Wife, Kick-Ass, and Eat, Pray, Love.

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