Tom Hardy is in early talks to star in Doug Liman's "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 ascent of Mount Everest. The mountain climber made several attempts to be the first to reach the summit. However Mallory and partner Andrew 'Sandy' 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.
Liman and Sheldon Turner have worked on the script and the project will be Liman's first one after he completes filming the Groundhog Day-style sci-fi drama "All You Need Is Kill" with Tom Cruise.