Idris Elba is in negotiations to star in the long-gestating adaptation of Charles Martin’s romantic drama novel “The Mountain Between Us” at Fox 2000.
Elba would play the lead, taking over a role that both Rosamund Pike and Elba’s “Pacific Rim” co-star Charlie Hunnam was once attached to. The story follows a pair who fall in love while stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash.
Hunnam and Pike left the project and Chris Weitz has done a re-write. Elba now takes on the male role with the female lead to be cast shortly. Filming is slated to begin mid-year somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now”) directs while Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing. J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank penned earlier drafts of the screenplay.