Chill­ing story screens

Dis­as­trous 1996 Ever­est ex­pe­di­tion is made into a movie

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN EDENS

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.

Work­ing Ti­tle are pro­duc­ing the film about the two

Ja­son Clarke plays ex­pe­di­tion leader Rob Hall in the movieEver­est.

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