Christian Bale is known to put his all into a role. In years past he has dropped a significant amount of weight for films like The Machinist and The Fighter. Bale signing on for a film seems synonymous with the actor torturing himself physically for his art. It looks like Bale is set to do the very same thing again this time for a Mount Everest film.
Bale’s Mount Everest story is based interviews from people who survived a storm that struck Everest in 1996. The Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur’s is set to direct the film, and it seems to be a perfect fit, as the director just got off of the film The Deep, which was heavily atmospheric. It’s said that Jon Krakauer’s book “Thin Air” will not be fashioned after the film, but will be loosely based on the retelling of events of the storm that killed eight people on the mountain.
Amusingly enough, Tom Hardy, who starred as Bale’s nemisis in The Dark Knight Rises, is also set to star in a film about Mount Everest. Instead he’ll take on the role of explorer George Mallory, who attempted to climb the mountain three times before dying. Hardy’s film is said to be a period piece set in 1924, while Bale’s will be a more modern version of a completely different story about Mount Everest.
According to Deadline, the Christian Bale Mount Everest film:
“Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce with WT’s Liza Chasin, along with Evan Hayes. Emmett/Furla’s Randall Emmett and George Furla are in discussions to co-finance the film and join in a producing capacity as well. Justin Isbell wrote the most recent script draft.”
Which Mount Everest film are you more interested in seeing Tom Hardy’s or Christian Bale’s?