EXCLUSIVE: Bestselling writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer, whose 1996 book Into the Wild became the two-time Oscar-nominated film directed by Sean Penn, has signed for representation at Gersh. He currently has his 2003 book Under the Banner of Heaven, an investigation of polygamy and religious fundamentalism in the American West, in development at Imagine Entertainment. He’s also at work on his next book, details of which are under wraps.
Krakauer has had eight books published including 1997’s Into Thin Air, which chronicles first-hand (he was there) the tragic 1996 Mt. Everest climbing disaster that killed five; and 2009’s Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, for which he embedded five months with U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan.
He also produced Prophet’s Prey, Amy Berg’s 2015 documentary about Warren Jeffs that bowed at Sundance and aired on Showtime.
Krakauer’s most recent book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, hit shelves in 2015. He also has written for National Geographic, Time, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
He continues to be repped by attorney Becky Hall.