Everest (Clarke, Brolin, Gyllenhaal)


Mar 21, 2011
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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hardy is in early talks to star in Everest for Sony Pictures. He will play George Mallory, the climber who tried three times in the 1920s to become the first man to scale the world’s highest mountain.

Doug Liman will direct the film after he completes All You Need Is Kill at Warner Bros with Tom Cruise. An adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths Of Glory, Everest has been adapted by Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air). Jennifer Klein is producing, and Dave Bartis, Liman’s partner at Hypnotic, will also be a producer.

Liman, the Bourne Identity and Mr. And Mrs. Smith helmer who is himself an avid climber and fan of the Mallory story, has an actor who is a strong match for the intensity that burned in Mallory to get to the top of the mountain and beat another great climber, Australian George Finch (the grandfather of actor Peter Finch). Everest has been scaled many times since, but it is still dangerous–there are plenty of bodies near the final summit of those who got close but failed–but in Mallory’s time, it was like trying to become the first man on the moon.

At the time, Great Britain had been decimated by WWI, poverty and angst was rampant and the nation craved a hero. Mallory tried hard to fill that bill, even though he was caught short in his first two attempts to summit the mountain, in 1921 and 1922. A devoted husband and father, he was torn between adventure and the simple fact his family wanted him with them. He refused to use oxygen to aid him in high altitude in thin air the first two times. On the final climb, he and climbing partner Sandy Irvine used the oxygen and were last glimpsed in 1924 as they made their final assault near the top. They disappeared into the clouds and Mallory wasn’t seen again until they were discovered by climber Conrad Anker in 1999. That the discovery in 1999 was the basis for the rather incredible Anthony Geffen-directed docu The Wildest Dream. The big question is whether Mallory died after he completed the unprecedented summit. Some feel he became the first man to climb the mountain: Mallory took with him a photo of his wife, which he had vowed to place atop Everest. It was not found in his possessions. The first successful climb in which the men returned to tell the tale didn’t come until 1953, when New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepali sherpa climber Tenzing Norgay got to the top and came back down.

Hardy takes the job after opening this year in The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless. The chameleon actor is currently playing the title character in the George Miller-directed Mad Max: Fury Road. I thought his performance in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Warrior was going to at least get him an Oscar nomination, but no go. Maybe he’ll climb over that obstacle with Everest. Hardy’s repped by CAA and United Agents.


Hardy is ****ing on high-demand.

Yates' Al Capone trilogy, The Long Red Road with Michael Shannon, The Mad Max franchise, DiCaprio's Anti-Poaching film, etc all discussed this year alone.
I agree. This sounds like Grade-A material if Liman pulls it off. I have no doubts that Hardy will be great (as usual).
Yeah, it seems like one of those movies that will take us on an emotional journey with the character(s) involved.

Hardy kind of looks like the Mallory too.

I see no complications in Hardy transforming into Mallory. A shave, a haircut and a weight-cut of about 10-15 lbs, and by principle photography time, Hardy will be Mallory.
Men, filming's gonna be insanely difficult.
Tom is a method actor, so it's guaranteed that he's gonna be in pain (and hell) during this production. :hehe:
Now would be a good time to bring back the Bane coat.
Ha, I'll wager Hardy will think about the Bane coat once or twice at the very least.

I wonder how much Liman will shoot at high altitude, and in freezing temperatures though.
Whoever reaches the top first will lead the League of Shadows! :awesome:
Bale VS Hardy round 2!

They could create a rival for George Mallory in the form of Bale.
Ah yes, I was wondering what would break first. His spirit? Or his body?

Bale over Hardy. Oh wait, there are 2 films with the same title?

New cast:

Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal & Jason Clarke In Talks To Star In ‘Everest’ For Working Title

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke are in discussions to star in Everest, a mountain climbing disaster film that The Deep helmer Baltasar Kormakur will direct. He’s the one that’s putting the cast together and is aiming for a November shooting start. Universal Pictures and Emmett/Films are in discussions to co-finance the project. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. The story is based on the 1996 disastrous expedition to scale Mount Everest: Three different expeditions were hit by a sudden blinding storm and by the time it was all over, eight climbers died. The tale was first made famous by Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, his first-person account of being among the lucky ones to make it back down the mountain. This film will be sourced from various books and interviews with survivors.
This should really have two different threads, because news for two different Everest movies is being reported in one thread and it's confusing.
I'm pretty sure Bale dropped (it shoots at the same time as Exodus) and one of the Js replaced him.

J Brolin
J Gyllenhaal
J Hawkes
J Clarke
The Tale of two Everests: CUMBERBATCH EDITION!

Doug Liman’s Pic Loses Tom Hardy...Looks to Cast Benedict Cumberbatch as George Mallory, While Baltasar Kormakur’s Survivor Pic Starts in November

Confused? Here's the breakdown:

Director Doug Liman’s Everest, a period picture that centers on British mountaineer George Mallory and his ill-fated third attempt to conquer the mountain in 1924 at the age of 37. Tom Hardy was previously attached to play Mallory, but plans to start production in March didn’t mesh with Hardy’s schedule. Sony is eyeing Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and a number of other actors.


Director Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest, set up at Universal, tells the disastrous tale of a 1996 expedition to climb the title mountain that ended in the death of eight climbers after a storm hit. Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke are attached.

This will be Bendict's 1,230,000th project in the past year.

Meh, Hardy and Cumberbatch are both lining up insane numbers of projects right now, so they'll both be okay with or without Everest.


Everest opens September 18th. Here’s the official synopsis:

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, EVEREST documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal.
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This should really be two threads, as Gyllenhaal's Everest has nothing to do with the one Hardy and later Cumberbatch were attached to.
This should really be two threads, as Gyllenhaal's Everest has nothing to do with the one Hardy and later Cumberbatch were attached to.

Two competing Everest films? Who'll make it to the top first!

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