Just like everything that is done in Hollywood a competition has begun for the best Mount Everest film.
Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) has been directing a film called “Everest” for a while now based on the life of Sir George Mallory (who will be played by Tom Hardy), the first person to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain.
Collider learned yesterday that director Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) is developing a film called “Everest” as well, and his film will star Hardy’s “The Dark Knight Rises” nemesis Christian Bale (“The Fighter”).
Kormakur’s film is based on the disastrous 1996 expedition that left eight climbers dead, and Jon Krakauer chronicled the event in his first-hand account of the tragedy, “Into Thin Air.”
However, “Everest” will not be an exact adaptation on that book, as it will draw from multiple sources including interviews with survivors.
Considering the talent involved in both projects I think it’s a win for us, the viewers, but at the same time I get mighty sick of seeing similar plotlines done in competition with each other.
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