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Fassbender May Climb A Mountain, Steal More Hearts, in Naranjo's 'Mountain Between Us'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 15, 2012 at 12:29PM

Swoon alert. Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in Gerardo Naranjo's "The Mountain Between Us," adpted by J. Mills Goodloe from Charles Martin's novel for 20th Century Fox.
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Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender in "Jane Eyre"
Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender in "Jane Eyre"

Swoon alert.

Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in Gerardo Naranjo's "The Mountain Between Us," adapted by J. Mills Goodloe from Charles Martin's novel for 20th Century Fox. The story is about a man and a woman who survive a plane crash in the Colorado woods and fall in love as they rely on each other for survival. Fassbender's character is both a doctor and an experienced climber who is able to help his injured co-survivor down a mountain. The question is, which actress would we like to see Fassbender carry down the mountain?

Chernin Entertainment's Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce. Naranjo's 2011 film "Miss Bala," Mexico's submission for the Oscar, earned upbeat reviews during its festival run, which included Cannes and Toronto, and its release last January.

In addition to starring in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (June 8), Fassbender is set to star in the director's "The Counselor." But first, he's reteaming with "Shame" and "Hunger" director Steve McQueen for "Twelve Years a Slave" (Brad Pitt is joining them and will produce through Plan B.) Who needs an Oscar nomination when you've already got the pick of the best projects?

This article is related to: News, News, Michael Fassbender, Directors, CASTING WATCH, Twentieth Century Fox


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.