Filmmaker takes on action adventure…

Variety hears that writer/director Gavin O’Connor (‘Jane Got A Gun,’ ‘Warrior’) has scored the director’s chair for the action-adventure ‘Massacre in the Himalayas.’

Inspired by Freddie Wilkinson’s August 2013 article from “Men’s Journal,” the story “an international team of world-class mountain climbers who are intent on conquering the K2 summit in Pakistan, and are plunged into a gruelling journey when attacked by a group of extremists.”

“I love the idea of using the colossal backdrop of K2, the second highest peak on earth, to explore a man’s battle for survival against the Taliban, nature, and himself,” said the filmmaker. “Our hero becomes a one-man army on a quest to avenge the deaths of his mountaineering team. His experience becomes a living nightmare, a lifetime journey, and a redefinition of the man.”

Gianni Nunnari of Hollywood Gang Productions (‘300: Rise of an Empire,’ ‘Immortals’) is on board to produce. The project is out to writers.