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Everest: An Ensemble Cast in the True Story about the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ EVEREST IS AN ADVENTURE-THRILLER FILM INSPIRED BY THE REAL EVENTS SURROUNDING A TREACHEROUS ATTEMPT TO REACH THE SUMMIT OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN. IT FOLLOWS THE AWE-INSPIRING JOURNEY OF TWO DIFFERENT EXPEDITIONS CHALLENGED BEYOND THEIR LIMITS BY ONE OF THE FIERCEST SNOWSTORMS EVER ENCOUNTERED BY MANKIND. THEIR METTLE TESTED BY THE HARSHEST OF ELEMENTS FOUND ON THE PLANET, THE CLIMBERS WILL BE SEEN FACING NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE OBSTACLES AS THEIR LIFELONG OBSESSION BECOMES A BREATHTAKING STRUGGLE FOR THEIR VERY SURVIVAL.

4:20 PM EST 1/12/2015 BY KARA MICHELLE, CELEBEAT REPORTER

Everest: An Ensemble Cast in the True Story about the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster

Universal Pictures’ Everest is an adventure-thriller film inspired by the real events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. It follows the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will be seen facing nearly impossible obstacles as their lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for their very survival.

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur from a screenplay written by Simon Beaufoy and Mark Medoff, Everest will be shown in theaters in 3D beginning September 18.

Everest stars Martin Henderson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, and Thomas M. Wright. Others in the cast include Martin Henderson, Michael Kelly, Naoko Mori, Clive Standen, Vanessa Kirby, Tom Goodman-Hill, Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson, Charlotte Boving, and Micah Hauptman. The film which is now in post-production is being scored by Dario Marianelli.

According to the studio, the upcoming movie is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster wherein eight people were caught in a blizzard and died as they struggled to reach and then descend from the summit. There were then two expedition groups of mountain climbers. One led by Scott Fischer (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) was called ‘Mountain Madness’ while the other, called ‘Adventure Consultants,’ was led by Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke). Both Fischer and Hall were among those killed during the real 1996 Mount Everest disaster.

The script for Everest was reportedly based on the various written accounts about what happened in Mount Everest on May 10-11, 1996, as well on actual interviews with some of the survivors. Among the books written about the events are Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and Left For Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers who were both members of Hall’s group at the time of the disaster and The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev who was part of Fischer’s group.

Universal to Release EVEREST on September 18, 2015; Film Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal; Capt. Vijay Lama talks about his experience on set

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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Universal Pictures has bumped the survival drama Everest from February 27, 2015 to September 18, 2015.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  The film stars Jason ClarkeJosh BrolinJohn Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Martin HendersonEmily WatsonMichael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright.  Even though we’ll have to wait a little longer, the date change is encouraging since Universal might think they have an awards contender if they’ve moved the picture to the fall.  The studio will release Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Right now, there’s no competition on September 18, 2015, but a week later Sony will have the family flick Hotel Transylvania 2 and Warner Bros. is releasing the comedy The Intern.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis for Everest.

Everest is amongst the most anticipated movies of 2015.

ALPINE SHOOT: Capt Vijay Lama (left) who acts as a rescue pilot in the forthcoming Hollywood movie Everest on location in the Italian Alps in early 2014 with a helicopter painted in Nepal Army colours.

The story revolves around Beck Weathers, an American climber who miraculously survived two nights above 8,000m and was rescued with a Taiwanese climber, by Nepali Army rescue pilot, Col Madan KC from Camp II. The risky rescue was the highest-ever helicopter landing in history at the time. Col KC’s role is played by Nepali actor and airline pilot, Capt Vijay Lama.

For Vijay Lama, who has acted in numerous Nepali films over the last three decades, 2014 was an exciting year in which he got to experience how Hollywood movies are made. He was on location in the Italian Alps in early 2014 where some of the scenes of the helicopter rescue on Mt Everest were shot. Later, he went toPinewood Studios to shoot some of the other scenes in a flight simulator.

“I got to be treated like a star with other members of the cast, including Josh Brolin, Martin Henderson, John Hawkes,” Lama recalled, “ever since my first Nepali film I had always dreamt of acting in a Hollywood movie. I am living proof that dreams are not impossible if you believe in it and pursue it honestly.”

Being a pilot made the role easier for Lama, who insisted on speaking in Nepali with his co-pilot with English subtitles.

Lama says he was also impressed with the logistics and preparation that goes into an international film shoot. “The crew and the cast of Everest is so huge that it took many people who were assigned specific tasks to work together,” he recalls, “one little mistake would mean huge losses. It was a team game, team spirit, team effort and most of all team discipline – something we in Nepal can learn from.”

Working in the mountains of Val Senales in Italy was not easy for the crew and cast, there were blizzards, wind and unexpected delays. In comparison, it was easier shooting at Pinewood where the summit of Everest, the Hillary Step, helicopter simulators were all recreated in the studio. Says Lama: “Working with these international units have humbled me and have given me more reason to work harder in the coming days and learn to be more professional in the subjects I am involved in.”