Robert Redford’s production company Wildwood Enterprises is planning to produce a film based on Peter Shelton’s book “Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII’s 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop.”
The story deals with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, a group made up of professional athletes, college scholars and officer candidates, and their little-known victory in the mountains of Italy during the Second World War.
Soldiers scaled the treacherous rock walls of Riva Ridge to conquer a German position that was previously considered untouchable. That mission’s success enabled the Allied forces to finally break the stalemate in Italy.
Amongst the group’s participants were the likes of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, Aspen Skiing Corps founder Friedl Pfeifer, and the Sierra Club’s David Brower. Kurt Johnstad (“Act of Valor,” “300: Rise of an Empire”) is in discussions to adapt the script.