Everest Director Talks About The Film's Source Material

Posted: Sep 19 2015, 1:21pm CDT | by , Updated: Sep 19 2015, 2:09pm CDT, in News | Latest Movie News

Everest Director Talks About the Film's Source Material
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The movie Everest includes original tapes from the fateful day.

Everest which opens this Friday on IMAX screens is not based on Jon Kraukauer’s bestselling book Into Thin Air. Still Krakauer is a character in the movie. The character will be played by House of Cards actor Michael Kelly.

According to the director of Everest, Baltasar Kormakur the movie is based on climber Beck Weather’s book. The book is 'Left for Dead' which accounts the climber’s harrowing experience.

The climber had lost both his hands and his nose. Beck Weathers is being played by Josh Brolin. Another interesting fact is that the movie includes lines directly from the audio tapes of that day.

According to Kormakur none of the books up till now had access to these tapes. He even explained that the crew of people who were on the ground that day hadn’t heard the tapes in 18 years.

Kormakur stated that they had put the tapes away and had wanted to move on with their lives. He revealed that the crew listened to the tapes with them which were very moving. Yet Kormakur explained that it was very informative because they got all the small details.

“None of the books that have been written had access to these tapes,” Kormákur told EW. “They put them away and wanted to try to move onward with their life. But they listened to it with us which was incredibly moving and, of course, very traumatic for them to go through again. But it was also very informative because we got all the small details. There were very different stories out there in many of those books and we wanted to try to understand what was misunderstood. And a lot of this came through those tapes.”

Kormakur also stated that that there are many books and each book has its own story. He explained that they wanted to understand what was misunderstood. This according to him came through the tapes.

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