The film ‘The Wildest Dream,’ directed by Anthony Geffen which retraces George Mallory’s final Adventure to Mt Everest will be releasing in theaters in 2010.
The movie explores Mallory’s obsession with becoming the first person to reach the world’s highest peak and is relayed through the explorer’s poignant and evocative letters to his wife, Ruth, previously unseen photos and film archive from 1924 (restored from the original nitrate especially for the film), dramatization and a modern-day expedition retracing the original route taken in 1924. The expedition was led by renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, who discovered Mallory’s dead remains on Everest in 1999.
In order to film the climbing scenes, Conrad Anker and his team went to Everest North – side, late in the spring of 2007 when other expedition groups had already departed. Anker, starring as Mallory and Leo Houlding as Irvine shot the climbing scenes wearing 1920s clothes, similar to the ones worn by the legendary climbers .
‘The Wildest Dream’ is narrated by Liam Neeson and features the voices of Ralph Fiennes as George Mallory, the late Natasha Richardson as Ruth Mallory, Hugh Dancy as Mallory’s fellow climber Sandy Irvine and Alan Rickman as Noel Odell, the last person to see Mallory alive.
National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) has acquired the distribution rights of the film.