Cross Creek, Walden Media on board
Working Title’s “Everest,” the tale of the tragic 1996 climbing season, has attracted Cross Creek and Walden Media as producer-financers with shooting starting Jan. 13 in the Dolomite Mountains.
Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver told Variety that the Italian shoot would take six weeks followed by a month of shooting in Iceland — Kormakur’s home country — and another month in Nepal.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis backed away last month from financing “Everest.”
The action-adventure drama will recap the 1996 multi-expedition assault on Everest that left eight climbers dead.
Kormakur was scouting for locations in the Dolomites this summer with Dave Breashears, who has climbed Everest five times and co-directed, lensed and produced Imax movie “Everest — shot during the 1996 tragedy. Jon Krakauer’s bestseller “Into Thin Air” chronicled the commercial expeditions that were caught in a blizzard on the mountain.
Kormakur told Variety in August that the net budget of “Everest,” after discounting tax breaks, will be in the $50 million-to-$60 million range.
“Everest” will be about “ambition, the beginning of the commercialization of Everest,” Kormakur said at the time.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news about Cross Creek and Walden coming on board.