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“Warrior” director Gavin O’Connor is on board action-adventure “Massacre in the Himalayas.”

Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang Productions has acquired the movie rights to Freddie Wilkinson’s story for “Men’s Journal,” which follows an international team of world-class mountain climbers who are intent on conquering the K2 summit in Pakistan, and are plunged into a grueling  journey when attacked by a group of extremists.

The article appeared in the August 2013 issue and recounted how terrorists killed 10 climbers and the local Pakistani cook.

O’Connor, whose credits include Natalie Portaman’s upcoming “Jane Got a Gun” and “Miracle,” will direct a fictionalized version of the story and produce alongside  Nunnari. Hgp’s Shannon Gaulding will be an exec producer.

Producers are seeking a screenwriter.

“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, »


- Dave McNary

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