EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are negotiating with Gerardo Naranjo to direct The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of the Charles Martin novel. Naranjo is coming off Miss Bala, Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission, about an innocent teenager who heads to the Mexican border city of Tijuana and inadvertently gets caught up in a violent drug war on her way to compete in the Miss Baja California beauty pageant. Trapped in a no-win situation, the innocent is forced to become an unwilling participant in Mexico’s so-called war on drugs. Naranjo would make his studio debut on The Mountain Between Us. It’s a natural fit, since Sanford Panitch’s division, Fox International Productions, made Miss Bala.
Adapted by J. Mills Goodloe, The Mountain Between Us is both a harrowing tale of survival and a love story. Ashley is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When a their flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer, the strangers agree to charter a ride, only to see the pilot suffer a heart attack and crash into a desolate snowy mountain region. He breaks ribs and she suffers a leg fracture. Fortunately, aside from a doctor he’s an avid climber, and as he struggles to get her down from the mountain in harsh weather, she begins to realize that maybe she was headed to marry the wrong guy. The film will be produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping for Chernin Entertainment. Naranjo is repped by CAA.
Here is a trailer for Naranjo’s Miss Bala: