Now that all 33 of the miners have been safely rescued in Chile, and Discovery has just announced that it will premiere a documentary on “the triumph of engineering and human spirit” on Oct. 28 (working title Rescued: The Chilean Mine Story), you can bet the pitches are flying in Hollywood. So, which one of these hypothetical, completely made up by us projects are you most eager to see get the greenlight?
• 70 Days: The gritty, powerful, realistic Oscar bait directed by Danny Boyle. (We’d like to call this 10 Weeks, to complement Boyle’s 127 Hours and 28 Days Later… but it doesn’t have the same ring to it.)
• Buried: Not the Ryan Reynolds movie, but the J.J. Abrams-produced miniseries that would be recapped by Doc Jensen and given the Hidden Gem treatment by Annie Barrett, who’d consider the darkness a challenge.
• Mine: The Lifetime movie focused on the above-ground drama between Yonni Barrios’ wife and mistress. (He’s clearly everyone’s favorite miner after he invited them both to the families’ televised reunions, right? Only the mistress showed.)
• Camp Hope: The feel-good Disney flick. “They were buried for 70 days, but they never gave up… hope.” The poster would be charcoal-colored with a silhouette of the pose struck by 63-year-old Mario Gomez in front of the Fenix (pictured) in white.
• Shaftopus: The Syfy Saturday night movie in which miners become trapped underground with an ancient tentacled creature capable of reaching into eight tunnels at once.
Not happy with any of these pitches? Suggest your own.