1996 Everest disaster getting big-time Hollywood treatment

We can all agree that most movies about mountaineering¬†for the most part blow. At least “Cliffhanger” had Michael Rooker.

And primarily it’s because of crappy backdrops and less-than-Sharknado realism of the on-mountain drama.

Maybe “Everest” (working title) will be different. I say that only because of the sheer star power involved, which tends to force studios into making good decisions. (“Lone Ranger” notwithstanding.)

The film, set to begin shooting soon, will feature Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhall. Perhaps lesser known in name but not in ability to emote, John Hawkes and Jason Clarke will also be roping up for the movie. Bruce Wayne Christian Bale was originally slated to have a role, as well.

The movie is about the very ill-fated and highly debated expedition of the 1996 disaster on Everest, as covered most popularly in John Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air.”

Quadcopter footage of Niagara Falls is almost better than going over in a barrel

The array of video tools and recording tech available to us consumers today is remarkable. The GoPro is probably at the top of the list. Light & Motion, a company once in the business of durable and water-proof housings for video cameras, has shifted its business plan because of how easy GoPro has made it to grab high-quality shots in brutal conditions.

When combined with a DJI Phantom Quadcopter, just about anybody can make a film that looks as good as what I’ve embedded above.

But please, enough on-helmet POVs.