Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Liam Neeson Is Up For Suspension
Based on Joss Whedon's long-in-gestation script?
Fox Announces Deadpool Movie For 2016
Tim Miller still attached to direct
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
15 August 2014
Hardy, DiCaprio and Maguire Plan Anti-Poaching Drama
Will Staples is writing the script
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Locke (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Lawless (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Empire Star Rating
This Means War (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Tom Hardy Will Climb Everest
As George Mallory for Doug Liman

25 September 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Tom Hardy, George Mallory

We like to imagine that Tom Hardy saw the reports of Casey Affleck starring in a film about racing to the South Pole and thought, “I can top that! I’m going to climb EVEREST!” Whereupon he immediately had his agent cast around for a project focused on that very idea, ending up in talks for Doug Liman’s new planned venture, Everest.

Assuming the negotiations all work out, Hardy would star as George Mallory, who in the 1920s made it his mission to become the first man to scale the massive peak. He tried twice in 1921 and 1922, but failed, with Aussie climber George Finch hot on his heels.

Though his family begged him not to try again, Mallory decided to try, using oxygen in 1924 as he and climbing partner Sandy Irvine vanished into the clouds. There – historio-spoiler alert! – the story officially ends until Mallory’s body was found in 1999 below the summit. There’s still a big question as to whether he actually made it to the top, as a photo of his wife he’d taken with him was never discovered. The credit for making it successfully, however, later went to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made it there and back again in 1953. If you want to know more, there was a documentary about him a couple of years ago called The Wildest Dream.

Up In The Air writer Sheldon Turner is adapting the script from Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths Of Glory. Dedicated climber Liman is currently at work on All You Need Is Kill with Tom Cruise but apparently plans to take on the Everest project as his next gig.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Jay Baruchel Planning Another Goon
Another round for Doug the Thug
Arrested Development S4 Extended?
Update: More episodes will be shot!

Your Comments

This is Tom Hardy we're talking about...
...a man not known for playing people who reach warm, sunny ends (or maybe I just haven't watched any of his cuddlier fare yet). My money's on Mallory never reaching that peak. Quite frankly, that will be a much better movie than yet another triumph-of-the-human-spirit-stirring-violins affair. More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 17:16 on 28 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The TDKR's chanting theme should play
Tom, I believe your agent has the right Everest script...call me... More

Posted by debneyink at 16:06 on 25 September 2012 | Report This Post

The TDKR's chanting theme should play
as Hardy climbs to the peak DESHI BASARA DESHI BASARA! More

Posted by criffle at 15:31 on 25 September 2012 | Report This Post

Men climbing Mountain.
It aint easy. They get cold. Audience gets bored. More

Posted by Porter at 13:33 on 25 September 2012 | Report This Post

There's a great film possible out of the Mallory story, and a Liman / Hardy combo could certainly do it justice. However, they MUST NOT use Archer's Paths Of Glory as the basis for their story! While sentimentalists still cling to the notion that Mallory made it to the summit of Everest and died on the way down, the most intensive research, and surviving circumstantial evidence, all point to a more prosaic outcome. Mallory and Irvine sadly didn't come close to reaching the summit, as indicated b More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 10:19 on 25 September 2012 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)