Recently Gavin O’Connor has been busy stepping in at the last minute to direct the western Jane Got A Gun after Lynne Ramsey walked just a day before production was due to begin. But now the Warrior helmer has got time to think about the future, with Variety reporting that he’s planning to tackle a real-life story called Massacre In The Himalayas.
The film is based on a Men’s Journal article by Freddie Wilkinson, about a team of experienced international mountaineers who were attempting to conquer K2 in Pakistan. Climbing the mountain was difficult enough, but unexpected danger emerged when extremists attacked the party and killed 10 climbers, as well as the local Pakistani cook who had been travelling with them.
300 producer Gianni Nunnari bought the rights to the article, and now O’Connor has come onboard to direct. A writer is expected to be attached soon.
O’Connor comments, “I love the idea of using the colossal backdrop of K2, the second highest peak on earth, to explore a man’s battle for survival against the Taliban, nature, and himself. Our hero becomes a one-man army on a quest to avenge the deaths of his mountaineering team. His experience becomes a living nightmare, a lifetime journey, and a redefinition of the man.”