Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal may scale 'Everest'
Based on true events, film will focus on the May 10, 1996, disaster, the worst tragedy in the climbing history of Mount Everest.
Thu, Jul 18 2013 at 10:41 AM
Jake Gyllenhaal is among several actors in talks to star in the film. (Photo: Discovery Channel)
On May 10, 1996, eight people were caught in a blizzard and died on Mount Everest during summit attempts. Their deaths, which included such celebrated guides as Rob Hall, Andrew Harris and Scott Fischer, would ultimately contribute to the most tragic in the mountain's history — with a total of 15 people perishing during the season.
The dramatic story of the 1996 disaster is now being turned into a feature-filmed helmed by "2 Guns" director Baltasar Kormakur. According to Deadline, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke are all in talks to star. From the Guardian:
Clarke is being sought to play New Zealand climber Rob Hall, leader of one of the teams, while Gyllenhaal is set to play Scott Fischer, his opposite number with the other expedition. Brolin is in line to play a doctor named Beck Weathers, who is forced to spend a night on Everest, while Hawkes ("The Sessions") will be cast as a slow climber who causes his team to be late setting out on their journey up the peak.
At the same time as Kormakur's production, "Bourne Identity" producer Doug Liman is ramping up work on his next film also focused on Everest. The film, currently in pre-production
, will star Tom Hardy as the English explorer George Mallory, who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. He ultimately perished, along with his partner Andrew "Sandy" Irvine, during the third expedition in 1924 — but not before, as some believe, potentially becoming the first people ever to reach the summit.
Both films are expected to be released in late 2014.
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