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'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo In Talks For Fox Romantic Drama 'The Mountain Between Us'

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by Drew Taylor
February 2, 2012 6:06 PM
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Gerardo Naranjo The Mountain Between Us

According to Deadline, Gerardo Naranjo, who recently directed the outrageously tense drug world thriller "Miss Bala" (Mexico's Best Foreign Language Film entry), is being tapped for a big Fox romantic drama "The Mountain Between Us," making it his studio (and English language) debut.

The script, by J. Mills Goodloe, is based on the novel by Charles Martin, and, according to the report, tells the story of Ashley, a writer heading east for her wedding, who meets Ben, a doctor. When their flight is cancelled, the two charter a flight, only to have that plane's pilot suffer a heart attack. (What are the odds?) The plane crashes into a mountain and so the two fight the elements and their injuries to return to civilization, and, of course, fall in love with each other. Intense near-death situations often lead to romance. "Speed" taught us that.

While the material sounds somewhat dicey, with the capacity for potential over sentimentalizing nearing Nicholas Sparks-like levels, we have faith in Naranjo, who before "Miss Bala" directed the captivating, romantic French New Wave-y "I'm Gonna Explode."

The report also indicates that the film will be a co-production with Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping from Chernin Entertainment and has nothing to do with the similarly titled "Those Across the River," a Mike Medavoy production that we're pretty sure is about cannibalism. 

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9 Comments

  • CrownsOfCreation | February 12, 2013 7:31 PMReply

    To hear the Title Track for 'The Mountain Between Us' please visit the JoeyAndJeanie.com website, or click here: http://joeyandjeanie.com/music/music-sampler-and-lyrics
    Enjoy,
    Joey and Jeanie

  • Julie | February 23, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    This was an all-nighter of a book. Can't imagine any deviations from it making it any better. Please stick to the story as Charles has written it. I think it is his best book yet, and can't wait to see it as a movie. Drama, suspense, love, surprise ending -- this one has it all!

  • C | February 7, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Six Days, Seven Nights... All I'm sayin'.

  • Holly | February 3, 2012 10:32 AMReply

    Awesome! My only problem is I always picture Charles Martin as the lead character. lol

  • Kay | February 3, 2012 9:00 AMReply

    I knew this book would make it into the film world. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it!

  • wf | February 3, 2012 8:01 AMReply

    please PLEASE please - don't deviate from the book - its an awesome story as written - and will make a great movie AS WRITTEN. Just my opinion - but it matters!

  • Danielle Meriwether | February 3, 2012 12:13 AMReply

    The book was great, while reading I thought it would make a terrific movie. Can't wait!

  • Renee Bastian | February 2, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    That is awesome to see. Liced the book. Can't wait for the movie version to come.

  • drab | February 2, 2012 6:17 PMReply

    Very interesting director/material combination.

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