The story about the eight hikers became famous when the book Into Thin Air by John Krakauer became a bestseller. The author tells the story how he managed to survive the journey. Eight men died in three journeys to the top in 1996 when a storm hit the mountain. It is planned to start filming the movie in November.
Baltasar Kormákur Baltasarsson (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is known professionally as Baltasar Kormákur. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, Hafið, A Little Trip to Heaven (starring Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker), and a film based on the book Mýrin (Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason. His father is the Spanish painter Baltasar Samper. For his film Mýrin, he won the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2007. His 2012 film The Deep was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.