KATHMANDU, Nepal – ‘Into Thin Air’, a bestseller book written on the tragedy in Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, can be seen in the silver screens soon thanks to a Hollywood team that is filming the book.
The film will be named ‘Everest’ with Hollywood actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin in the lead roles. It is learnt that the film will focus on an ill-fated attempt to scale the world’s tallest mountain in 1996 in which eight climbers lost their lives when a rogue storm struck the mountain.
The Hollywood team has arrived in Nepal to shoot a new film based on the Everest bestseller “Into Thin Air,” news agency Agence France-Pressea said in its report.
According to the AFP, the filming team has received the permits from the government. As per the existing legal provisions, one should receive permission for filming in the Everest zone prior to the shooting for authenticity.
British newspaper The Guardian reported last week that Gyllenhaal would play Scott Fisher, a US expedition leader who died in the disaster while Brolin will play Beck Weathers, an American doctor who survived the storm, further reported the agency.
Iceland’s Baltasar Kormakur is directing the film.
US mountaineering journalist Jon Krakauer, who accompanied the Everest climbers on their expedition, wrote about the tragedy in his 1997 bestseller.