Deadline reports that Doug Liman is in talks to direct Everest, an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s book “Paths of Glory,” for Sony Pictures. Sheldon Turner is writing the script for the film, to be produced by Jennifer Klein.
The novel, about George Mallory and his three attempts in the early 1920s to become the first man to climb Everest, is officially described as follows:
This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.
Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals.
But what if one man had such a dream, and when he’d achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?
Paths of Glory is the story of such a man. But not until you’ve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed.
Liman, whose credits include The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper and Fair Game, is also attached to direct sci-fi action adventure Luna at Paramount and sci-fi action film All You Need is Kill at Warner Bros.