Tom Hardy Facing Harsh Winter Again to Scale Doug Liman's 'Everest'
by Ethan Anderton
September 24, 2012
After facing a brutal winter in Gotham City as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, it looks like Tom Hardy is going to face even more bitter cold but at an even higher altitude. Deadline has word that Hardy is now in talks to lead Everest, an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's book Paths of Glory set up at Sony Pictures with director Doug Liman at the helm. Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) is adapting the book for the big screen with a story that follows climber George Mallory and his three attempts way back in the early 1920s to become the first man to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. Yeah, he's a big deal. Read on!
The film will have a focus not only on Mallory's obsession with scaling Everest - which was difficult with a family wanting him at home - 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, and while Mallory failed on his first two attempts, his third attempt in 1924 saw them near the top as he and his climbing partner Sandy Irvine, made their final approach. However, they disappeared in the clouds and were never heard from again. Their bodies were discovered by Mark Ankner in 1999, and some believe he died while coming back down from the summit.
It will be interesting to see how the film ends as this seems a little anti-climactic, but like any good adventure, it's the journey itself and not the end that's most important. Liman is supposed to direct the film after he finishes All You Need is Kill with Tom Cruise at Warner Bros, and he couldn't have gotten a more popular and talented actor for the role. Hardy has been disappearing into every single one of his characters from Bronson to Bane, Inception to Warrior and most recently, a great turn in Lawless that makes the film worth seeing. Everest will likely hit theaters sometime in 2014 or 2015 so stay tuned.