Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin have signed up for Everest, a Working Title feature for Universal, which is being backed by Cross Creek and Walden Media. Deadline has reported that Gyllenhaal will star as Scott Fischer, Brolin as Beck Weathers, Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, and John Hawkes as Doug Hansen.
The film will be based on the true story of a “disastrous 1996 attempt to scale the world’s tallest mountain.” Three expeditions were hit by a horrific storm, which resulted in the death of 8 climbers. The film is to be based on several books and interviews with survivors.
Everest is to be directed by Baltasar Kormakur, the Icelandic director who directed Contraband and this year’s 2 Guns.
This certainly sounds like a notable project. An impressive cast and a dramatic true story sound like perfect film fare; with opportunity for adventure and drama in equal measure.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a decent mountaineering pic, and now we’re going to (hopefully) be seeing two. Kormakur’s upcoming effort is actually one of two studio-backed films dealing with Mt Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. The other film, also called Everest, is being directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy rumoured to star.
Working Title’s Everest is to start shooting on January 13 in the Dolomites in Italy and will continue in Nepal and Iceland.