The Golden Globes came and went, as did the Oscar nominations, with not much love expressed for Prisoners, bar a nomination for Roger Deakins for his cinematography on the film (following Roger's nomination for a Critics Choice Award). However, not to be downhearted about it, Jake Gyllenhaal took off to Nepal and the Everest Base Camp to a) begin making the movie Everest and b) hunt for Yeti. Or did he?
According to Raw Story, a government official in Nepal has confirmed that Jake did arrive in the country, staying in a five star hotel in Kathmandu. 'A local agent applied for permission on behalf of Baltasar Kormakur to shoot ‘Everest’ and received the permission three days ago,” communications ministry official Umakant Parajuli told AFP. Parajuli said the team was permitted to shoot in the Himalayan nation for two weeks.'
However, EW has said that Jake headed off to Italy and not Nepal to begin production on Everest : 'When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.' It appears that the film is also winning the battle of the Everest movies!
Meanwhile photos of Jake running for taxis and trains in New York City this week suggest he might be enduring quite a commute, to wherever he's commuting.
Thanks very much to IHJ for the videos from the New York Times, Toronto and W magazine!