Though most American audiences know Baltasar Kormakur for films his Contraband and 2 Guns, the Reykjavik-born filmmaker has been making films for 15 years, long than that if you take his producing and acting credits into consideration. His latest film, true-life danger story Everest, could just bring him his most recognition yet.
Filmed on location in temperatures 35 degrees below zero, Kormakur’s new film tells the story of a climbing expedition that gets bombared by a severe snow storm. Everest stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Kiera Knightley, Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhall. The script was written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy. The film opens September 18.
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.