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Foreign director to shoot film on Everest


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Acclaimed director Stephen Daldry will be heading for Mount Everest next spring to shoot a documentary on the world's highest peak.

His ambitious and daring new project will take a fresh look at one of the worst mountaineering accidents in the history of Everest, the tragedy in May 1996 when a raging storm killed eight climbers heading for the summit.

Daldry switched over to films from theatre amidst much acclaim, winning an Academy nomination with his debut film, "Billy Elliot".

"Everest", to be released worldwide by Universal Pictures, has as its co-producer and second unit director David Breashears, an Everest hero as well as high-altitude-film maker.

Breashears, a four-times summiteer, was on the mountain filming the IMAX documentary "Everest" in 1996 when tragedy struck. He played an active role in the rescue operations.

While Daldry and his producer Jonathon Finn will go till the Everest base camp, Breashears and his handpicked team -- that includes celebrated American mountaineer Ed Viesturs, a five-time summiter and Sherpas -- will attempt to scale the peak to shoot background images for the documentary.


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