Sky today announces that Doug Liman’s epic adventure thriller, Everest will join the Sky Original film line-up. Taking Sky Cinema to new heights, the film starring Ewan McGregor (Beauty and the Beast, Trainspotting), Sam Heughan (SAS: Red Notice, Outlander) and Mark Strong (1917, Kingsman) will be joined by Juno Temple (Maleficent, Ted Lasso) to play George Mallory’s wife, Ruth, who is left behind during his life-threatening attempts to scale Everest. Everest, a Sky Original will be available in cinemas and on Sky Cinema across the UK & Ireland in 2023.
From Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Sheldon Turner and inspired by novel Paths of Glory by bestselling author Jeffrey Archer, the film will start shooting in the UK and Italy in January and is produced by Jennifer Klein together with Liman.
Julia Stuart, Director of Original Film at Sky comments: “With Doug Liman and his team at the helm and an all-star British cast including Ewan McGregor, Sam Heughan, Mark Strong and Juno Temple, Everest is a momentous title that will wow audiences in the UK & Ireland.”
1921. Everest remains the very last great unconquered challenge on earth. Many have sacrificed their sanity and often their lives in the attempt to reach its fabled summit. George Mallory (McGregor) is picked by the arrogant Arthur Hinks (Strong) of the Royal Geographic Society to scale the impossible. Following the First World War, the fading British Empire is desperate for a restorative victory, but for Mallory and his rival, the eccentric Aussie George Finch (Heughan), the challenge of Everest has nothing to do with patriotism, instead it is a singular test of self.
Climbing without oxygen, to heights not even planes can reach, Mallory‘s successive attempts to make the summit sees a challenge become an all-consuming obsession. It leads him to abandon his beloved wife and three children for months on end, give up his job, and push his body to the limits of human endurance. Everest becomes a very real monster for Mallory, his 45 degree climb to the peak is an inhuman mix of vertigo and nerve-shredding tension, requiring all of his fearlessness and audacity. It takes everything from him for reasons he can barely articulate: because it’s grander than him, it’s the last empty part of the map, and as he simply puts it - ‘because it’s there’.
Everest, a Sky Original will be available in cinemas and on Sky Cinema in 2023 across the UK & Ireland. The film will also be available on streaming service NOW via the Sky Cinema Membership.
Sky Cinema is the home of Sky Original films such as Promising Young Woman and The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, with brand new films launching every month alongside an unrivalled range of the latest cinema releases and on demand library.
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About HanWay Films
HanWay Films is a UK based financing, sales, distribution and marketing company with a strong influence on the independent film market. Established in 1998 by producer Jeremy Thomas, HanWay Films offers full service and creative solutions; specialising in quality and commercially driven films from diverse, visionary and unique filmmakers around the world. HanWay Films has long-term global producing partnerships and represents films from sister company Recorded Picture Company along with projects from third party producers as well as the rights to an extensive film catalogue of 350 feature films.
HanWay’s slate includes EVEREST directed by Doug Liman and starring Ewan McGregor; Paul Schrader’s MASTER GARDENER starring Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver; Robert Connolly’s BLUEBACK starring Mia Wasikowska and Eric Bana; Alice Lowe’s TIMESTALKER; Tony Stone’s TED K; Matteo Garrone’s PINOCCHIO which was nominated for two Academy Awards®; Amma Asante’s Cold War thriller THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY; Sia’s MUSIC starring Kate Hudson; Bryan Fogel’s THE DISSIDENT; Ruth Paxton’s directorial debut A BANQUET; Phillip Noyce’s PEGGY JO; Kim Mordaunt’s WILDLANDS starring Matthias Schoenaerts; Jasmine McGlade’s FENCER starring Zoe Saldana; Paul Schrader’s THE CARD COUNTER starring Oscar Isaac, and Simon Barrett’s SEANCE starring Suki Waterhouse. The company also represents Julien Temple’s CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN, and Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut and film festival favourite FALLING. For more information, please visit www.hanwayfilms.com