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A Return to IMAX (in 3D) for “Everest”

MacGillivray Freeman Films has greenlit a sequel to the 1998 hit Everest. Return to Everest 3D is set for a March 2009.

The original film grossed $136 million, a record for IMAX films.

About the film, from the Variety article:

“Return” will again star Jamling Norgay of Nepal and Araceli Segarra of Spain, who climbed the summit in 1996. The duo will return to assist the Nepalese Sherpa people whose livelihood depends on the mountain.

Pic will also follow a medical research expedition there to study the impact of extreme altitude on the human body and bring back the first blood and tissue samples taken at the 29,035-foot summit. Goal of the study is to improve treatment of critically ill intensive care patients whose low blood oxygen levels mirror those of climbers at high altitudes.

MacGillivray will lead the mountain unit stationed at Everest Base Camp, while co-director and director of mountain photography Michael Brown, who’s climbed to Everest’s summit three times, will lead the mountain unit following the medical team to the summit. Filmmakers will also attempt to shoot Everest’s summit using a helicopter mounted with a Spacecam camera and plan to fit Sherpa climbers with helmet cams.

Source: [Variety]‘Everest’ returns to theaters