Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth,” “The Four Feathers”) has signed on direct a biopic of English explorer George Mallory for Red Om Films and Science + Fiction reports Variety.
Set in post-WWI England, the story follows Mallory’s attempts to scale Mount Everest and how that obsession took a toll on his marriage.
Mallory and his climbing partner disappeared in 1924 just 800ft. from the summit.
Kevin Townsend, Matthew Faulk and Mark Skeet penned the script. Townsend and Julia Roberts will produce.