TIA domestic terminal turns into Hollywood set for 'Everest'
KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) replicated a grand movie set on Tuesday as top Hollywood stars faced cameras and reflectors for the filming of ´Everest´, a movie based on the Everest bestseller ´Into Thin Air´.
The film, which is being directed by Baltasar Kormákur, an actor and director from Iceland, features popular Hollywood actors Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes.
The 44-member filming cast and crew arrived in Nepal on Sunday. Josh Brolin and John Hawkes were seen giving their shot at the TIA on Tuesday.
"There were more than 300 supporting casts for today´s shot that started at 6:30 in the morning," said Wongchu Sherpa, chairman of Peak Promotion, a trekking and mountaineering agency of Nepal, which is partly managing the film´s shooting in Nepal.
´Everest´, which received the permission for filming in Nepal from January 9 to 23, commenced the shoot on Monday.
Besides TIA, the filming location in Kathmandu includes Durbar Marg, Thamel, Ason, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Boudha.
"The crew will fly to the Lukla airport early on Wednesday and proceed to shoot in the Namche area, and is most likely to reach the Everest Base Camp," informed a source.
´Into Thin Air´ -- the book on which ´Everest´ is based -- narrates the ill fated tale of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster when eight British mountaineers were caught in a blizzard and killed while many were injured on Mount Everest during summit attempts, from the experience of journalist Jon Krakauer.
He, on assignment from ´Outside´ magazine, was in a party led by guide Rob Hall that lost four climbers in the disaster.
Expedition leaders Rob Hall and Scott Fischer were among those who were killed, and the film revolves around their stories. According to Guardian, Clarke, of ´The Great Gatsby´ and ´Zero Dark Thirty´ fame, will play the expedition leader Rob Hall while Gyllenhaal, renowned for his role in ´The Day After Tomorrow´ and ´Brokeback Mountain´, will star as Scott Fischer.
Similarly, Brolin (´Milk´; ´Men in Black 3´) is in line to play a doctor named Beck Weathers, who´s forced to spend a night on Everest, while Hawkes (´The Sessions´) will be cast as a slow climber who causes his team to be late setting out on their journey up the peak. Director Kormákur´s earlier films include ´2 Guns´ and ´Contraband´.