Christian Bale is hoping to go mountaineering, as Deadline reports that The Dark Knight Rises star is in talks to take the lead role in the true life drama Everest, for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures.
The movie is based on an infamous incident in 1996, and will follow two separate groups who tried to reach the summit of Mount Everest, but the whole thing ended in tragedy. Christian Bale is set to play Rob Hall, the leader of a New Zealand group of climbers, four of whom never returned from the mountain.
Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband) is set to direct, with Justin Isbell on scripting dutires.
This isn’t the only Everest project doing the rounds, as Sony is developing a movie about George Mallory, who may have been the first to reach the mountain’s summit in 1924, but who never made it back to reveal if he had made it to the top or not. Tom Hardy is set to star in that one – it’s Bane vs Batman once more, but they’re climbing Everest this time.