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Tom Hardy Will Climb Everest
As George Mallory for Doug Liman

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

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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.


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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

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