Alcon Entertainment has acquired North American and the majority of international distribution rights to The 33, the Patricia Riggen-directed drama about the 2010 Chilean mine disaster that trapped the miners for 69 days at the bottom of a gold and copper mine in 2010. Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Mario Casas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Gabriel Byrne and James Brolin star. Warner Bros, where Alcon has its output deal, will release the film November 13. Mike Medavoy produced with Robert Katz and Edward McGurn. Script was written by Mikki Alanne, Craig Borten and Michael Thomas, based on Jose Rivera’s screen story and the Hector Tobar book Deep Down Dark.
“We don’t acquire many films, but we’re particularly excited to bring this incredible true story of perseverance and the strength of the human spirit to audiences around the world,” said Alcon partners Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “Few events of this kind have captured the attention and sympathies of people around the globe as this one did, and the huge emotional ride we all took as the rescuers struggled to free the miners is captured beautifully in this wonderful film.”