Netflix Is Making A Thriller Set in the Mountain Climbing World That’s Like ‘The Shining’ Meets ‘Free Solo’

Scenery of Mount Hua, Shaanxi Province, China - 28 Jun 2017 Mount Hua is a mountain located near the city of Huayin in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, about 120 kilometres (75 mi) east of Xi'an. It is the western mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China, and has a long history of religious significance. Originally classified as having three peaks, in modern times the mountain is classified as five main peaks, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2,154.9 metres (7,070 ft). 28 Jun 2017Sipa Asia/Shutterstock
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Netflix is about to make a major ascent. The streaming service has purchased the rights to First Ascent, a new script that is set in the world of mountain climbing and has been described as “The Shining meets Free Solo,” according to Deadline.

The story follows a free solo climber named Hillary Hall who suffers an accident on a climb that nearly kills her. After two years, Hall brings back her old climbing partners to make a documentary about her comeback, which will see her try and make the “first ascent” of a 4,000 foot “virgin” rock wall in China. As she climbs, Hall will struggle with her “inner demons and supernatural forces, as it slowly becomes clear that this mountain does not want to be conquered.”

Written by Colin Bannon, the movie will be directed by Jake Scott, the son of iconic director Ridley Scott and the nephew of director Tony Scott. Described as an “avid climber,” Scott was taught to climb at a young age by his uncle, giving him some real-life perspective for the film. Scott previously directed the film American Woman with Aaron Paul, and Welcome to the Rileys, starring James Gandolfini.

LA Premiere of "American Woman", Los Angeles, USA - 05 Jun 2019 Jake Scott, director of "American Woman," is interviewed at the premiere of the film at the ArcLight Hollywood, in Los Angeles 5 Jun 2019
Jake Scott, director of “American Woman,” at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

The script was part of the 2019 Black List, which is a list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. The script set off a bidding war between studios—at least eight offers were made—with Netflix coming out on top with “a big offer on the table.”

While no production date is official set, Netflix has already started work on promoting the project:

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