Universal Pictures today released a trailer for the upcoming film Everest. It will hit the big screen on September 18.
It gave me goosebumps and should hit close to home for anyone who’s spent time in the mountains.
It also comes in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands. The film’s website features a “help Nepal” link urging visitors to join the company in donating to recovery efforts.
We expect the movie to raise controversy about climbing the world’s highest peak and hopefully constructive dialogue around the risks and rewards of high-stake mountaineering.
Universal Pictures went all in with a high powered cast and on-location filming in Nepal, as well as the Italian Alps. The movie details the events of the tragic 1996 Everest season that spawned John Krakauer’s highly acclaimed “Into Thin Air” and Anatoli Boukreev’s “The Climb.” We don’t expect another “Cliff Hanger” from this one.
The Everest trailer’s already got us on the edge of our seats. Read on for the company press release.
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents 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 elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes and Kormákur.
Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures’ presentation of Everest—in association with Walden Media—is adapted for the screen by William Nicholson (Gladiator) and Oscar® winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).
The film was shot on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Universal will distribute Everest worldwide.