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Mt. Everest is more than a mountain. It has become synonymous with any and all seemingly insurmountable challenges. This is most likely due the sheer number of people who have died attempting to scale the world's highest peak. In 1996, three different expeditions were besieged by a blinding snowstorm that, by the time it ceased, had claimed the lives of eight climbers. Now, Universal is prepping a big screen version of this harrowing tale. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur ('Contraband'), 'Everest' will be a climbing disaster movie produced by Universal and Working Title Films. It appears that Christian Bale ('The Dark Knight Rises') is in early talks to star in the film. At the same time, Sony Pictures is also putting together a film called 'Everest,' which Doug Liman will direct. Tom Hardy is circling the Sony 'Everest,' and would be playing Sir George Mallory who attempted to be the first to scale Everest in 1920. Bale's deal for the Universal 'Everest' has not been finalized.
This story is interesting for a few different reasons. When first hearing that Baltasar Kormakur would be directing Universal's 'Everest,' I nearly sent my anticipation packing. 'Contraband' was a bland, lifeless studio thriller. Granted, I haven't seen 'Reykjavik-Rotterdam,' which was remade as 'Contraband,' but the idea of Kormakur helming another thriller for Universal was far from exciting. However, his appropriateness for this project became more apparent upon hearing about his film 'The Deep.' Based on actual events, this 2012 drama revolves around a fisherman who miraculously swims to shore through freezing waters when his boat capsizes near Iceland. Surviving against all odds seems to be a theme that unifies 'The Deep' and 'Everest.' Also, we could potentially be getting another 'Armageddon'/'Deep Impact' situation with these two films much like the 'White House Down'/'Olympus Has Fallen' scenario this year. Competing cinematic treks to the top of the mammoth mountain? I'm in.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in Universal's 'Everest?' Is Bale the right choice? What about Sony's project?