Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up to produce a drama based on the early 20th century race to discover the South Pole.
The film, currently titled "The Race to the South Pole," will profile famed explorers Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen and their competing expeditions between 1910-1912. The two adventurers were part of an exclusive group of international players who defined the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, a 25-year period in which the Antarctic continent became the focus of intense scientific and geographic exploration.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck's 37-year-old brother has already been cast to play the role of Scott. It's likely that some of the film will be based on Roald Amundsen's published book of the same name based on his personal diary, scientific findings and photographs. Drawing from one review of the work, however, there's lots of room for improvement.
"What a dry, and coyly self-serving account," one commenter reports. "Amundsen travels one heck of a lot better than he writes. Give this a miss and re-read Scott or Cherry-Garrard, Shackleton, Mawson, anyone else!"
Word of "Race" comes on the heels of explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes's announcement this week that he will lead a six-month expedition next year to become the first team to cross Antarctica on foot during the coldest season.
"This will be my greatest challenge to date," the 68-year-old said in a statement. "We will stretch the limits of human endurance. Britain and the Commonwealth has a strong heritage of exploration, from Captain Cook 300 years ago to the present day. As such, it is fitting that a Commonwealth team should be the first to fulfill this last great polar expedition."
Additional details can be found at www.thecoldestjourney.org.
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