Sony is in final talks to acquire a pitch from screenwriter Sheldon Turner to adapt Jeffrey Archer's historical novel, Paths of Glory about the mystery surrounding Mount Everest climber George Mallory's 1924 ascent.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mallory's legacy involves the possibility that he -- and not Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 -- was the first man to reach the summit of the Nepalese peak. Mallory made several attempts, and competed with Australian climber George Finch, who first used oxygen, but he and his partner Andrew Irvine never returned from their June 1924 climb.

In 1999, Mallory's frozen body was found near the summit on the North Face, and debate has raged ever since about whether he was actually on his way down or up.

Archer's novel was published in February by St. Martin's Press.

No production date has been set.