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Casting Net: Robin Wright, Sam Worthington board 'Everest,' more

• Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) will join the cast of director Baltasar Kormakur‘s Everest, which is currently shooting in Nepal. The large ensemble includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and John Hawkes. Worthington will play a climbing expert, and Wright will play the wife of Brolin’s character. The Universal pic is set for  Sept. 18, 2015, release. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Universal pushes 'Everest' release to Sept. 2015

Universal Pictures has pushed back the release date of the upcoming epic adventure Everest.

The film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes was originally scheduled for release in 3D and IMAX on February 27, 2015. Instead, the film will now have a fall release seven months later on September 18th, 2015.

Universal had no official comment for the reason for the move. Could it possibly have to do with the other Everest movie being made?

Everest tells the true story of two different expeditions challenged by harsh elements that result in an epic  struggle for survival. The film is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) and written by for the screen by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).  The film is currently shooting on location in Nepal and Italy.

 

 

 

Dueling Everest movies: Jake Gyllenhaal film begins shooting; Sony's 'The Summit' still in base camp

When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.

Now that this film is in production, will it kill a competing Everest film at Sony?

Sony declined to comment on its project, which takes place in the 1920s and chronicles British climber George Mallory’s attempts to scale the world’s tallest mountain. One source close to the production says the studio is still committed to the movie, but the film, which Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is set to direct after finishing the upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, will no longer begin production in the next couple of months as originally planned.

Rather, the start date on the film — which now carries the title The Summit and still has Tom Hardy (Inception) attached to play Mallory and Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) to play his Australian rival George Finch — has been pushed to either early summer  or perhaps even to 2015.

According to another source, the studio’s hesitation on the project centers on concern over how to sell the the film domestically. Overseas, the film’s prospects appear much healthier considering the storyline and international cast but in the U.S. audiences are often reluctant to give period films a chance.

Complicating matters, a schedule change may force star Hardy to drop out. As reported earlier, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is still interested in the lead role should Hardy need to leave.

Sony is also being more cost conscious after a rough 2013 and launching a $60 million movie with a competing film in the pipeline may not look too appealing. Last summer the studio was on the wrong end of dueling White House disaster movies. Their White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx opened at the end of June, earning $73 million. It had followed Film District’s Olympus Has Fallen, which opened in March and grossed $98 million.

Still, sources close to the project says the film, which was scripted by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), is still important to the studio.

The trick now is to keep that enthusiasm from falling off the mountain.

Casting Net: Jerry O'Connell joins 'Veronica Mars' movie; Plus, 'Gone Girl' still trying to find its girl, more

There’s a new Lamb brother in town. Jerry O’Connell (Burning Love) has joined the cast of the Veronica Mars movie as Dan Lamb, Sheriff Don’s (Michael Muhney) brother. In the Kickstarter update announcing the news, creator and director Rob Thomas traced his interest in O’Connell back to the movie Pirahna. “The performance in that movie that I couldn’t get over was Jerry O’Connell’s take on an amoral, coked up and soon-to-be penis-less smut peddler. I just kept wanting to get back to scenes of Jerry chewing scenery.” O’Connell even recorded a video for fans on the shoot. Welcome to Neptune, Sheriff Dan.
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Casting Net: Christian Bale in talks for 'Everest'; Plus Jennifer Lawrence and Jason Clarke

• Christian Bale is in talks to star in Baltasar Kormákur‘s (The Deep) Everest. Based on the harrowing ordeal of a group of climbers in 1996 famously documented in Jon Krakauer‘s book Into Thin Air, Everest will source from a variety of books and first-person interviews. Filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears also made a famous Frontline documentary about the tragic climb that claimed eight lives, that included footage from the storm and interviews with survivors.  [Deadline]

 Bale’s Dark Knight Rises co-star Tom Hardy is still attached to play Sir George Mallory in the Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity)-directed adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths of Glory, which EW reported in August. Mallory attempted the Everest climb three times in the early 1920s, and disappeared during the 1924 expedition. This project is currently called Everest as well. Anyone up for a Bane/Batman fight to see who get’s that title? [Deadline]

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