There are currently 2 films in pre-production both titled Everest.
One film stars Tom Hardy, and is about George Mallory’s many attempts in the 1920s to climb the Mountain followed by his last attempt in 1924, where he is last seen through a clearing in the weather, approximately 800 feet from the top. He was never heard from again. What is believed to be Mallory’s remains were found in 1999 by an expedition. Here is a pretty cool video, that documents the discovery of his remains.
The second Everest movie in pre-production is about the 1996 tragedy, where a rogue storm billowed in and took 8 lives, leaving many stranded and badly injured. Among the lives lost were, world recognized guides, Scott Fisher and Rob Hall. There has been one film already made based on the highly debated book, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakaur. The film, Into Thin Air: Death on Everest, is told from Jon’s perspective and pretty much makes every person on the mountain aside from himself look like a bumbling idiot.
I’m guessing the new movie that has Christian Bale already attached, may be less biased. As a film lover and climbing enthusiast, I enjoyed the last movie and I look forward to seeing the new films too.
In recent Everest news, there was a Climber/Sherpa brawl at 24,000 feet on Sunday of this week. It is the time of year where people from all over the world are on the mountain, acclimatizing and gearing up for their summit ascent. The window that provides the best possible chances of making it to the top, is incredibly short, like 2 weeks, maybe. So people of all climbing skill levels are on the mountain, and there was bound to be an altercation. Two climbers, Switzerland’s Ueli Steck and Simone Moro from Italy, tried to re-route and move past the Sherpas that were fixing rope, against orders given to them not to. These men were accused of causing ice to fall and hit some of the rope fixers, which angered the Sherpas. On the way down, a fight broke out in camp 3 and again at camp 2 where the climbers were met by 100 unhappy Sherpas. One threw a knife. A group of people were able to get the climbers away from the mob scene and there are reports that the angry climbers have made peace.
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