Sony eyes 'Paths' adaptation

In finals discussions to nab pitch from Sheldon Turner

Mount Everest hides as many great stories as it does buried bodies. George Mallory was both.

Sony is in final discussions to pick up a pitch from screenwriter Sheldon Turner that would see him adapting Jeffrey Archer's historical novel, "Paths of Glory," about the mystery surrounding Mallory's 1924 ascent, into a feature.

Sony's Doug Belgrad and Rachel O'Connor are overseeing for the studio. Jennifer Klein is producing through her Apartment 3B banner.

Mallory's legacy involves the possibility that he -- and not Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 -- was the first man to reach the summit of the Nepalese peak. Mallory made several attempts, and competed with Australian climber George Finch, who first used oxygen, but he and his partner Andrew Irvine never returned from their June 1924 climb.

In 1999, Mallory's frozen body was found near the summit on the North Face, and debate has raged ever since about whether he was actually on his way down or up.

Archer's novel was published in February by St. Martin's Press.

The CAA-repped Turner wrote the screenplay for "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." He also co-wrote "Up in the Air," which Jason Reitman is directing for Paramount, and he's writing an adaptation of the Sucker Punch Prods. video game "inFAMOUS" for Sony.

Klein and Turner also are producing the Jason Sullivan-penned comedy "Man Camp" at Sony.