Ewan McGregor, Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Mark Strong have been set to star in Everest, an adventure thriller to be directed by Doug Liman from a script from Oscar-nominated Up in the Air scribe Sheldon Turner. The just-announced pic is set to start shooting January 22 in the UK and Italy. HanWay Films will rep international sales and distribution beginning at the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market. UTA Independent Film Group will handle the U.S. sale.
Inspired by Jeffrey Archer’s novel Paths of Glory, the story is ready in 1921 and facilities on the real-life George Mallory (McGregor), who’s picked by Arthur Hinks (Robust) of the Royal Geographic Society to scale the beforehand unconquerable Mount Everest. Following World Warfare I, the fading British empire is determined for a victory, however for Mallory and his rival, the eccentric Aussie George Finch (Heughan), the problem has nothing to do with patriotism, as an alternative it’s a singular check of self.
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Mallory’s real-life journey led to thriller; he died throughout this third expedition to summit Everest, and it’s unknown whether or not he ever made it to the highest.
Jennifer Klein and Liman, the latter a climbing aficionado, are producing the pic. The cinematographer shall be Martin Ruhe (Midnight Sky, The American), Oliver Scholl (Venom, Spiderman: Homecoming) shall be manufacturing designer, and T Bone Burnett (Loopy Coronary heart, True Detective) will deal with the music.
This has been a longtime ardour undertaking for Liman. It as soon as was arrange with Sony and has had curiosity from quite a lot of A-list actors over time. After all, Baltasar Kormakur made his personal Everest for Working Title in 2015.
“We are thrilled to be working with HanWay Films in telling this important and timeless story,” Klein stated. “Bringing Everest to screen is more relevant now than ever. In this period of uncertainty, a story of true determination, passion and positivity can help remind us of what we can overcome.”
Added HanWay Movies managing dirctor Gabrielle Stewart: “Liman and McGregor are passionate adventurers both in life and filmmaking, and this film asks one of the great unresolved questions of the Everest story: Was Mallory the first to make it to the top, 30 years before [Edmund] Hillary? It would not surprise me if in the wake of this film, and as we approach the centenary of Mallory’s life-taking climb, this great mystery would lead us to one of great discovery.”
McGregor is represented by UTA, Narrative and Sloane Provide; Heughan is represented by UTA, United Brokers, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Robust is represented by WME. Archer is represented by Joel Gotler and Robert Benun.
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