For a while now, there has been a mountain of sorts between Fox’s desire to turns Charles Martin‘s “The Mountain Between Us” into a movie, and getting the job done. Gerardo Naranjo (“Miss Bala“) was initially slated to direct Michael Fassbender and Margot Robbie (would’ve loved to see that), before that version fell apart. And then Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike were attached before they too exited. Now another actor is aboard who can hopefully get this thing done.
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Idris Elba has signed up to star in the movie that tells the story of Ashley, a writer heading east for her wedding who meets Ben, a doctor. When their flight is cancelled, the two charter a flight only to have their pilot suffer a heart attack. The plane crashes into a mountain and so the two fight the elements and their injuries to return to civilization, and, of course, fall in love with each other. And frankly, if that doesn’t bring anybody together, I don’t know what would.
Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now,” “Omar”) will direct the picture, which is aiming to get rolling this summer, with a new draft of the script by Chris Weitz. [THR]