Alcon Entertainment has inked a November 13, 2015 release date for “The 33” via Warner Bros., per the companies’ longterm motion picture agreement.
Oscar-nominated producer Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”), who brought the project to Alcon, worked closely with families and rescuers to tell this 2010 story of 33 miners who were trapped half a mile underground for 69 days after the collapse of a 121-year-old copper-gold mine. Starring Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro and Juliette Binoche as one of the entombed miner’s sisters, the film is entirely in English, with Chilean accents, which should secure its international appeal (while annoying others).
Shot in working mines in Colombia and Chile, the film marks Patricia Riggen’s feature film followup to 2007’s “Under the Same Moon.” “The 33” is written by Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Michael Thomas from José Rivera’s screen story, and has already opened in Chile via 20th Century Fox Chile. Medavoy produced the film with Robert Katz (“Crash,” “Seabiscuit”) and Edward McGurn.