Some people are renowned and achieve prestige and wealth after several years of efforts, studies and hard work; some others do so by means of a gift, succeeding at sports or arts. However, some people will be remembered by human kind just for having got trapped underground for a couple of months and managed to survive to tell the story.
I am talking, of course, about the 33 Chilean miners. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m overjoyed because of their rescue and it makes me happy all of them are safe and sound with their families, but I do want to point out that getting trapped was the best thing that could have possibly happened to them.
According to reports by Reuters, even before the last miner was lifted to safety, multiple offers of book, movie and exclusive interview deals were making their way to the families of those who had already been rescued.
One of the first projects to focus on the rescue of more than two dozen workers from a collapsed mine in Copiapo, Chile, is “33 Men, Buried Alive: The Inside Story of the Trapped Chilean Miners,” a book by The Guardian contributor Jonathan Franklin, due for publication in the U.K. in early 2011.
Industry observers estimate that rights to the miners’ story could fetch several hundred thousand dollars, and TV interviews could bring in $20,000 (£12,500) — not a bad deal for the miners, whose annual income ranges from 4 to 9 million pesos (£5,200 – 11,800).
Additionally, endorsement deals for the obvious (mining equipment) and the unexpected (beer) have been being offered to the miners via their families. Broadcasting & Cable.
How about that? If somebody is willing to offer me media coverage and £12,500 (for each interview) to spend a few weeks beneath the surface (with water, food, leisure and medical attention, just as the 33 rescued miners), please tell me were to sign.
October 14th, 2010.