Doug Liman To Climb Sony’s “Everest”

“The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” director Doug Liman has joined “Everest”, an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s historical novel “Paths of Glory”, at Sony Pictures says Deadline.

Archer’s book deals with the mystery of George Mallory’s 1924 ascent of Mount Everest. The mountain climber made several attempts to reach the peak, but he and partner Andrew Irvine never returned from their June 1924 climb.

In 1999, Mallory’s frozen body was found near the summit on the North Face, and debate has raged ever since about whether he was actually on his way down or up. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to make a successful ascent of the peak in 1953.

Sheldon Turner came onboard to pen the script back in 2009 while Jennifer Klein is producing. Liman will supervise the next draft by Turner with the intention to direct the film which is said to be a priority at the studio.

Liman also has the now seemingly on hold moon-based thriller “Luna” and the Groundhog Day-style sci-fi drama “All You Need Is Kill” on his slate of potential next projects.