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Chilean miners' story to be made into movie

The Chilean miners arrive at the 2010 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Nov. 20, 2010, in Los Angeles. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) - The story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground from more than two months is headed for the big screen.

It was announced Monday that the 33 miners have sold the rights to their story to producer Mike Medavoy. "Motorcycle Diaries" screenwriter Jose Rivera is set to write the script, with production scheduled to begin next year. 

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The film will recount the remarkable plight of the miners who were trapped for 69 days after the gold and copper mine they were working in collapsed.

"Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapo," Medavoy said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "At its heart, this is a story about the triumph of the human spirit and a testament to the courage and perseverance of the Chilean people. I can't think of a better story than this one to bring to the screen."

Medavoy grew up in Chile and has produced films including "Shutter Island," "Zodiac" and last year's "Black Swan."

The production will also draw on the book being written about the miners by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar.

The miners are represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.