Jake Gyllenhaal Starrer 'Everest' Gets $1 Million in Funding From South Tirol

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The autonomous region in northern Italy backs the true-life adventure tale from "2 Guns" director Baltasar Kormakur, which Working Title is producing.

Everest, the real-life adventure tale about a fateful mountain expedition in 1996, has received nearly $1 million (€700,000) in production funding from South Tirol's regional film board. The drama, from 2 Guns director Baltasar Kormakur, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby) as experienced climbing guides Scott Fischer and Rob Hall, who were caught in a blizzard during an attempt to climb Everest. The resulting tragedy, in which several people died, was recounted in Jon Krakauer's best-seller Into Thin Air.

Working Title is producing the film, which co-stars Josh Brolin and John Hawkes, and will shoot in the Alpine South Tirol region of northern Italy.

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The South Tirol film fund is one of several European regional funds that are increasingly backing higher-profile international projects in a bid to draw film shoots to their territories. The newly founded Bavaria International Fund in nearby Germany, for example, put up cash for Big Game, an adventure actioner starring Samuel L. Jackson.