Doug Liman Heading to 'Everest' with Adaptation of 'Paths of Glory'
The director has been said to finally get his gestating sci-fi film Luna off the ground, not to mention being attached to an adaptation of All You Need is Kill, but Doug Liman has yet another project added to his future slate. Deadline reports the director is attached to direct Everest, an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's book Paths of Glory. The film from Sony Pictures will be a drama about climber George Mallory and his three attempts way back in the early 1920's to become the first man to ever scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. Up in the Air writer Sheldon Turner will adapt the book for the big screen. More below!
Apparently Liman will also oversee the next draft of the script and the film is now a priority project for Sony Pictures. The film will have a focus not only on Mallory's obsession with scaling Everest, but also his rivalry with Australian climber George Finch as they each race to reach the top first. During the 1920's the feat was considered to be akin to landing on the moon. Mallory failed on his first two attempts, and while his third attempt in 1924 saw them near the top as he and his climbing partner Sandy Irvine, as they made their final approach, they disappeared in the clouds and were never heard from again. Sounds a bit anti-climactic, but Turner knows how to write a damn good film, so I'm sure he'll pull something off.