Baltasar Kormakur’s is currently filming his mountain climbing thriller “Everest” for Universal Pictures. The film deals with a 1996 incident when eight people were caught in a blizzard and died during an attempted ascent to the summit.
Principal photography with the main cast is currently underway at Pinewood Studios in London, but the second unit is currently filming on Mount Everest itself. Earlier today, an avalanche took place on the mountain which killed thirteen people – a wall of ice crashing into ‘Base 2’.
At the time, the film crew was acclimating at the foot of the summit and thankfully suffered no fatalities or injuries due to the disaster. Seven NBC News staffers, there for the proposed Everest Jump Live next month, were also on site and unharmed.
Most of the fatalities are said to be climbers and sherpas. Several of the sherpas who were consulting on “Everest” rushed to the scene to help. The production will now have to wait and see if it’s possible to get back up to Base 2 to finish shooting.
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright star in the film which hits cinemas in February.