Chilling story screens
Disastrous 1996 Everest expedition is made into a movie
Everest starring Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Keira Knightley has been slated for a worldwide cinema release in September by Universal Pictures.
The movie, directed by Baltasar Kormakur, recounts the deadly 1996 expedition to the Himalayas that left eight climbers dead on the world’s highest mountain.
Wanaka-based Adventure Consultants’ Rob Hall – one of the founders of the highly regarded commercial guiding firm – died on the mountain and was the leader of one of the expeditions, alongside Mountain Madness led by American Scott Fischer.
The film was shot last year in the Himalayan foothills, Italian Alps and studio sets in Rome and Pinewood Studios, London.
Journalist Jon Krakauer, who was on the expedition, chronicled the disaster in his book Into Thin Air, although several of the climbers published their own accounts of the disaster disagreeing with aspects of Krakauer’s book.
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Jason Clarke plays expedition leader Rob Hall in the movieEverest.