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.”

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Sad. Too many wilderness accidents happen when folks are alone.

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Image from BRIAN KERSEY/AP

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Maybe you’ve read about it, but check out the photos.

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Trailer looks sweet.