Everybody in Hollywood is gonna be going up Everest soon – or at least pretending to – with rivals project based on ill-fated assents of the mountain currently in the planning stages. Doug Liman is planning to direct one with Tom Hardy likely to star, while Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns) is helming the other.
Now that latter one is filling out its cast. Deadline reports that Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke are all in talks for the movie. Christian Bale was previously being courted for the film, but he’s no longer involved.
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. There’s no news on who the actors would play, but Bale had been set to play Rob Hall, the leader of a New Zealand group of climbers, four of whom never returned from the mountain. The plan is to shoot the movie this autumn.
Liman’s Everest film meanwhile is 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.