In an unfortunate case of reality imitating story, the second unit crew for the film Everest, based on the 1996 Everest Disaster, found themselves in a vicinity of an avalanche that has claimed 13 lives. According to Deadline, no one on the crew was injured but will have to wait until conditions are confirmed safe before filming can continue.
Eight people died in a blizzard will attempting to climb Mount Everest on May 10-11, 1996. Seven more people died in later attempts that year making it the deadliest climbing season for Everest. The high death toll caused many to reassess the regulations for guided climbs up the world’s tallest mountain. The story was already adapted into the documentary Storm Over Everest by David Breashears in 2007.
The planned adaptation of this story comes from Cross Creek Pictures and Working Title Films and will be distributed by Universal. Everest will be directed by Baltasar Kormakur and written by Simon Beaufoy and Mark Medoff. It will star Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke, Emily Watson, and John Hawkes. Everest is currently still on schedule to release on September 18, 2015.