Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, and Jason Clarke are all in talks to star in Everest for Working Title Films. Universal Pictures and Emmett/Furla Films are in talks to co-finance the project.
The story is based on a 1996 expedition to Mount Everest where three different expeditions were hit by a sudden storm, claiming the lives of eight climbers. Part of the story was already told in the 2007 film Into the Wild, based on the book by Jon Krakauer, one of the lucky few who managed to make it back alive. No details were given for any of the actors' characters. We reported in February that Christian Bale was in talks to star, but it isn't known if he is still involved in the project.
Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) is directing from a screenplay by Justin Isbell and William Nicholson (Les Miserables), which will reportedly be based on several books and interviews with the survivors. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce for Working Title, alongside Emmett/Furla's Randall Emmett and George Furla. The producers hope to get shooting under way in November.
The project is not to be confused with Sony's Everest, which has Tom Hardy attached to star and Doug Liman directing.