Everest is an upcoming 2015 American 3D historical biography action adventure disaster thriller film edited and directed by Baltasar KormÃ¡kur and written by Justin Isbell, William Nicholson, Mark Medoff and Academy Award winner Simon Beaufoy. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, and Naoko Mori.
The film is set for a September 18, 2015 release date. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster and non-fiction novel Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. There were two expedition groups led by Scott Fischer (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) and Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke) each, who tried to climb the mountain.
A story based on the real events of 1996 Mount Everest disaster which led to the deaths of several climbers.
Director Baltasar KormÃ¡kur is set to direct the film scripted by Simon Beaufoy and Mark Medoff, with early script adaptions carried out by Justin Isbell and William Nicholson and produced by Working Title Films. Universal Pictures will distribute the film in US. The film about the 1996 disastrous expedition to scale Mount Everest will be produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and started shooting in November 2013. In September 2013, Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films was first about to co-finance the film but later in October they exited as co-financier.
After the film production start date November 6, 2013, had passed, Cross Creek Pictures and Walden Media have joined the production on November 12, 2013, to finance the film with $65 million. The film started production on January 13, 2014, in the Ãtztal Alps in Italy, after which production was moved to Nepal and Iceland. On December 11, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter posted that South Tyrol's regional film board has added $1 million to the film's funding.
On January 30, 2014, Universal set February 27, 2015 as release date for the film, but later on March 21 it was moved to September 18, 2015.
On February 19, 2013, Christian Bale was in talks to join the cast of the disaster film to play Rob Hall, the leader of a New Zealander group who ran Adventure Consultants. On July 17, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes joined the lead cast of the film. Bale dropped out of the film around this time. Gyllenhaal will play Scott Fischer, an expedition leader; Brolin will play Beck Weathers, a doctor; Clarke will now play the role of Rob Hall, also an expedition leader; and Hawkes will play Doug Hansen, one of Rob Hall's clients who encounters difficulties on the descent from the summit of Everest.
On February 4, 2014, Clive Standen also joined the cast of the film while the shooting is underway. On February 7, 2014 more cast and characters added to the film, which includes Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Thomas M. Wright and Michael Kelly, Watson will play a motherly base camp figure who works closely with Rob Hall and Kelly will play Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer. On February 17th, actor Micah Hauptman was added to the cast of the film. He'll play the role of filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears, who directed the 1998 IMAX documentary film Everest. On March 24, 2014, two more joined the cast of the film including Sam Worthington and Robin Wright. Worthington will play Guy Cotter and Wright will play Beck Weathers' wife Peach. On May 1, DailyMail.co.uk revealed that Keira Knightley joined the film as Jan Arnold, to play Rob Hall's pregnant wife.
In November 2013, the film was set for a January 13, 2014 production start date in Italy. Co-financier Brian Oliver told Variety that they will shoot in Ãtztal Alps in Italy for six weeks, a month in Iceland and then move to Nepal for another month shoot. In early January 2014, actors Gyllenhaal and Brolin were practicing for climbing mountains in the Santa Monica Mountains to train for their roles.
The 44-member crew arrived on January 12, 2014 in Nepal and stayed in Kathmandu. They had permission for filming from January 9 to 23. Later filming on Everest commenced on January 13, 2014. On January 14, Brolin and Hawkes filmed some shots at local terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport, and then they will be filming at Lukla Airport on January 15, then to Namche Bazaar and later at the Everest Base Camp, news confirmed. After shooting completed in Nepal, the crews will move to Italy and then in early March to UK to film at Pinewood Studios. On February 23, 2014, Jake Gyllenhaal was spotted in Rome, Italy during the filming of Everest which they recently wrapped up in Nepal, Josh Brolin was also spotted with his assistant Kathryn Boyd.
English actor Clive Standen said that filming on location in freezing temperatures has been "tough but fun". On March 24, 2014 the shooting was said to be taking place at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
On April 18, 2014, while the second unit crew was shooting some remaining scenes of the film at Camp II on Everest, an avalanche struck in an area, and sixteen Sherpa guides died. They were carrying equipment and supplies to camps for climbers in advance of the start of the summer climbing season. Deadline reported that there were no injuries or fatalities affecting the film crew. The production was not present where disaster took place but they were nearby. Filming at Pinewood Studios in England was just about to finishing up, but the second unit was shooting at the camp which will now halt the production for some time.
On July 2, 2014, it was announced that Dario Marianelli would be composing the music for the adventure film.
On February 12, 2014, the first photo from the set of the film was revealed featuring Clarke.
Universal Pictures will release the film on September 18, 2015.
Other Everest film
Around the same time Sony Pictures was also working on a Everest film, but focused on George Mallory and set in the 1920s. By the time Everest started filming in 2014, Sony's film was called The Summit. (Not to be confused with a 2013 documentary about K2, The Summit)
- List of people who died climbing Mount Everest
- List of media related to Mount Everest
- Everest at the Internet Movie Database