'Everest' Shifts Release to Get Exclusive Run in Imax, Large-Format Theaters

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The nationwide opening of the disaster movie about the world's tallest mountain is getting pushed back a week in North America.

Imax and premium large-format theaters are getting an early jump at screening Everest, director Baltasar Kormakur's 3D epic retelling of the 1996 disaster that left climbers stranded high atop the world's tallest mountain.

The nationwide release of the movie is being pushed back from Sept. 18 to Sept. 25 in order to allow for an exclusive Imax and PLF debut Sept. 18. Everest, spearheaded by Universal partner Working Title, stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, John Hawkes Michael Kelly and Sam Worthington.

Cross Creek Pictures and Walden Media also are partners on the film, which will be screened in full Tuesday for attendees at CineEurope, the annual gathering of international distributors in Barcelona.

Everest is inspired by true events in 1996, when two different climbing expeditions were faced with a life-and-death struggle for survival in their attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The film was shot on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecitta Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Universal will distribute worldwide.

Opening Everest in premium theaters first is designed to build word of mouth because of the spectacle factor.

Opening nationwide Sept. 18 are Johnny Depp mobster biopic Black Mass and YA sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

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