A moose hunter who discovered the remains of Chris Mccandless in the Alaskan wilderness - and inspired the Into The Wild book and film - has been shot and killed by police. Gordon E. Samel was shot after leading Wasilla troopers on a wild chase through the city last weekend (08-09Mar14).
He took off after one officer attempted to apprehend the hunter following reports he was too drunk to drive.
Samel's grisly discovery of adventurer McCandless' body in an abandoned school bus inspired author Jon Krakauer to write the book that Sean Penn adapted for the big screen in 2007.
Police reports suggest officers opened fire when Samel put his truck in reverse and appeared to be intent in running them over. Samel was declared dead at the scene.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal gave onlookers an eyeful while filming mountain thriller Everest in Rome, Italy over the weekend (08-09Mar14) after disrobing for a nude scene. The bearded star, who portrays real-life adventurer Scott Fischer in the film, was photographed completely naked during one take, with just a small piece of black material taped to his crotch to cover his manhood.
The movie is based on author Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air, which documents the tragic 1996 Mount Everest disaster that claimed the lives of eight climbers, including Fischer, and left several others stranded.
Krakauer himself was a survivor of the tragedy.
Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke will play Hall, while Josh Brolin is also part of the cast.
Gyllenhaal is no stranger to stripping off on camera - he previously disrobed for Brokeback Mountain and Love and Other Drugs.
He just finished saving the day as Batman, and now he’s taking on the world’s highest mountain. Christian Bale is in talks to star in Everest, a mountain climbing disaster film, Deadline reports..
Directed by Contraband’s Baltasar Kormakur and produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, the movie is based on the 1996 disastrous expedition to scale Mount Everest. Three different expeditions were hit by a sudden blinding storm and eight climbers died. The story was first made famous by Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, the first-person account of the expedition. The movie will be based on various books and interviews with survivors.
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As it happened with Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, it seems as if Mount Everest is a popular choice on which to base a movie right now. Another movie titled Everest is in the works at Sony Pictures with director Doug Liman’s adaptation of the Jeffrey Archer book. It will be a different story, with Tom Hardy attached to play Sir George Mallory in his quest to be the first to the top of Everest in the 1920s.
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If the demise of Big Love has got you feeling down, fear not: Warner Bros. is making plans for a big-screen adaptation of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, Jon Krakauer’s true-life tale of a crazy Mormons cult that made headlines in 1984 when a woman and her daughter were murdered by two of its members. The personnel attached indicates Warners sees awards potential: Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) will pen the screenplay; Ron Howard (Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code) is slated to direct. Producers include Brian Glazer, Shannon Costello, Jason Bateman and Stephanie Davis.
In the summer of 1990 after graduating from Emory University with grades good enough to get into Harvard Law upper-middle-class 22-year-old Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) gave his $24 000 life savings to Oxfam and hit the open road. Christening himself Alexander Supertramp the idealistic McCandless proceeded to wander the country's highways and byways for two years before striking out alone into the wilds of Alaska. Anyone who's read the Jon Krakauer book knows what happened then but those who are new to McCandless' story will be holding their breath as his journey progresses toward its sadly inevitable end. The beauty of director Sean Penn's film is the route it takes to get there introducing viewers to the people Chris touched during his travels and making it clear what he learned about love and forgiveness along the way. The success of a movie like Into the Wild depends disproportionately on the talents of its star. Luckily Hirsch doesn't disappoint. Simultaneously charismatic and aloof he makes Chris both an enigma and an Everyman. Whether he's exulting in a panoramic view of the Alaskan wilderness shooting roiling river rapids (impressively no stunt doubles were used) or learning how to operate a combine machine Chris/Alex is completely aware--and appreciative--of every new experience life brings him. His quest for truth and authenticity affects everyone he meets from hippie couple Jan (Catherine Keener) and Rainey (Brian Dierker) to fast-talking entrepreneur Wayne (Vince Vaughn) and lonely leather worker Ron Frazer (Hal Holbrook). Meanwhile representing Chris' abandoned conflict-ridden homefront Jena Malone provides heartfelt nuanced voice-over narration as Chris' sister Carine. Filming Into the Wild was a labor of love for Penn and his affection for the material shows in every frame. Like Chris Penn and cinematographer Eric Gautier rhapsodize over sweeping vistas and pristine countryside lingering on the way sunlight glints on water droplets and the beauty of a freshly harvested field. Penn is in no hurry to tell Chris' tale; he lets it unfold naturally its rhythm matching the ebbs and flows of Chris' journey. Aiding him every step of the way is the film's powerful soundtrack which features original music by Eddie Vedder. Whether building momentum or accompanying Chris in moments of quiet contemplation the film's music is the traveling companion Chris doesn't realize he needs until it's too late. Blending sympathy for Chris' motives with regret for his tragic end; Into the Wild is a thoughtful biopic that's both inspiring and chastening.