Kormákur is a member of a growing band of truly international filmmakers who make films at home as well as Hollywood. After producer-star Mark Wahlberg starred in “Contraband,” Kormákur’s remake of his own “Reykjavik-Rotterdam,” Wahlberg took a shine to the rugged Iceland actor-director, and went on to make another film with him, the $80-million actioner “Two Guns,” co-starring Denzel Washington. After “Everest,” Kormákur will produce and direct his long-planned “Vikingr,” a big-budget action adventure based on the Norse warriors in Iceland’s epic Sagas. He is also set to direct the eco-disaster film “Cascade” and will write and direct a crime thriller based on the events that inspired the Filipino film “On the Job.” Back home, Kormákur and his frequent collaborator Agnes Johansen produced the Icelandic comedy “Virgin Mountain,” directed by Dagur Kari.
Baltasar Kormákur’s ‘Everest’ to Open Venice Film Festival (Trailer)
Baltasar Kormákur’s 'Everest' to Open Venice Film Festival (Trailer)
The Venice International Film Festival opens with the world premiere of Icelandic action filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur’s”Everest” on September 2 and runs through September 12. The film will play out of Biennale competition, announced festival director Alberto Barbera and chair Paolo Baratta.
Based on a true story, “Everest” (September 18 in IMAX 3D, September 25 wide) documents the journey of two climbing expeditions struggling to survive freakishly intense snowstorms high on the mountain.
The Universal film stars a top-flight ensemble: rising action star Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced with Kormákur, Nicky Kentish Barnes, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson.
Read my interview with “The Deep” filmmaker here.
Universal Pictures and Walden Media present the film in association with Cross Creek Pictures. William Nicholson (“Gladiator”) and Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) wrote the screenplay for the action adventure, which filmed on location in Nepal below Mount Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and London’s Pinewood Studios.
The film reportedly played well for European exhibitors when it screened at CineEurope in Barcelona last week.