^^^ So did I. Even if they all live and get out, just the drama of being stuck several hundred feet underground with other human beings in cramped spaces (without the certitude that things won't go wrong at any moment) without them knowing (or knowing) it will be MONTHS
before they see daylight and their loved one's again (plus the whole 'world is watching' angle which includes the Pope praying for them and the constant communication with the surface by electronic devices) is practically screaming to be turned into a TV mini-series or good movie. When they showed video of the miners down there waving to the camera and telling their families they were OK I was shocked and riveted, and nine times out of ten I don't care to follow mining accidents beyond the usual 'glad that's not how I make a living'
reaction. In most mining accidents there's an explosion/avalanche and POOF
, dozens/hundreds of miners die, the media shows up to cover the grieving familes/outraged politicians/shocked communities and to stare at mountains of rubble and equipment for a few days, then the press moves on to the next car crash/hurricane/Earthquake/etc. Why does this always happen? No video or contact with the trapped miners
. Without A/V of them trapped or dead miners are just an abstract figure of speech, a hypothetical 'what if' while there's still oxygen/hope for rescue that, after a few days of (often false) hope, becomes a creepy exhumation of dead bodies for proper burial. Imagine what an Oliver Stone (not the one from "Wall Street 2" but the one from "World Trade Center"), Sodenbergh or Fincher could do if given proper resources with this unfolding real-life scenario. More than likely we'll end up getting an "Alive"-type human endurance-type movie, but just as an establishing core to the narrative these trapped miners are gold mines of first-hand observation that could feed a really well-made screenplay (i.e. consultant fees).
So, any chance we'll get "Ace in the Hole" on Blu anytime soon?