Universal Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Baltasar Kormakur’s (2 Guns) upcoming survival drama Everest. Inspired by real events and written by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog MIllionaire), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain. And as seen in this featurette, Kormakur didn’t rely on green screen or visual effects to recreate the Everest conditions—the crew actually traveled to Nepal and shot on real mountains in deadly serious weather. The result is not only a gorgeous-looking film, but performances from the lead actors that are informed by the actual experience of climbing a mountain in the freezing cold.
While Kormakur may seem like an odd choice to helm this kind of movie (though his Icelandic drama The Deep treads similar territory), I’ve no doubt that this thing is gonna look fantastic in IMAX. If the script and characters can match those heights, this could be one of the most compelling films of the year.
Check out the new featurette below, via Universal. Everest opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on September 18th and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin,John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, and Keira Knightley.
Here’s the official synopsis for Everest:
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 and Jake Gyllenhaal. They are joined by Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright.