Christian Bale to Scale 'Everest' Climbing Disaster Drama at Universal
by Ethan Anderton
February 19, 2013
After starring in last year's The Dark Knight Rises, we're not sure when Christian Bale will next appear on the big screen. Out of the Furnace from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper should arrive sometime this year and Bale is also slated to appear in a couple of Terrence Malick's films (if he makes the final cut). In addition, Bale will also star in David O. Russell's next directing effort formerly known as American Bullshit, also reuniting the director's Silver Linings Playbook co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Now Deadline has word that Bale will lead Everest, a mountain climbing disaster film at Universal. More below!
Based on various books and interviews, the film, which also comes from Working Title, follows the 1996 expedition to scale the dangerous mountain when climbers were blasted by a huge storm, claiming the lives of eight of the daredevils. Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air was a first person survivor's tale of the disaster, but it's not clear if that will be part of the source material. Baltasar Kormakur, the director of Contraband and the forthcoming 2 Guns, will be at the helm, and this sounds like it will bring his career into a whole new level after taking on generic action thrillers and also directing The Deep, an Icelandic fact-based drama that was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Coincidentally enough, Sony is also working on an Everest project with director Doug Liman taking on an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's book Paths of Glory. But that film goes further into the past by following climber George Mallory and his three attempts way back in the early 1920's to become the first man to ever scale Mount Everest. In a strange twist, The Dark Knight Rises villain Tom Hardy was in talks to star in the film last fall, but we're not sure if that's the case. Could Batman and Bane be battling again as mountain climbers in two different studio films? Only time will tell.