Netflix Film About 1972 Andes Flight Disaster Coming from ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Director J.A. Bayona

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Impossible director J.A. Bayona will be directing a Netflix film about a real-life 1972 plane crash disaster.

Titled Society of the Snow, the film is to be based on the book of the same name (La sociedad de la nieve in Spanish) by Pablo Vierci and will tell the tragic true story of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571. Carrying a rugby team to Chile, the flight was met with poor weather while flying over the Andes mountains and catastrophically crashed on a glacier in the heart of the precarious and isolated mountain range.

Of the 45 passengers, 3 crew members and 8 passengers died immediately. Over the next 72 days, those that had survived the initial crash were subject to starvation, extreme weather and a harsh environment, including an avalanche. Some resorted to cannibalism. Two survivors, without gear, climbed a 4,650-metre mountain peak and hiked for 10 days, crossing 62 km, to make it into Chile and get help.

The story was taken to the screen by director Frank Marshall in 1993 film Alive, starring Ethan Hawke.

“It was during the documentation process for The Impossible that I discovered Society of the Snow, Pablo Vierci’s fascinating chronicle about the tragedy of the Andes,” Bayona said in a statement.

“More than ten years later, my fascination for the novel remains intact and I am happy to face the challenge that lies ahead: To tell one of the most remembered events of the 20th century, with all the complexity that implies a story that gives so much relevance to the survivors as well as to those who never returned from the mountains. I also face it in Spanish, a language that I excitedly return to after 14 years without filming in my own language, and with a team of young Uruguayan and Argentine actors, whom I’m totally thrilled with.”

Bayona, whose directorial credits also include The Orphanage and A Monster Calls, will be writing the screenplay with Bernat Vilaplana, Jaime Marques (Intruder, Malnazidos) and Nicolás Casariego (Intruders).

Quite a large cast has been announced: Enzo Vogrincic Roldán, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt, Tomas Wolf, Diego Ariel Vegezzi, Esteban Kukuriczka, Francisco Romero, Rafael Federman, Felipe González Otaño, Agustín Della Corte, Valentino Alonso, Simón Hempe, Fernando Contigiani García, Benjamín Segura, Luciano Chatton, Agustín Berruti, Juan Caruso, Rocco Posca, Andy Pruss, Esteban Bigliardi, Paula Baldini, Blas Polidori, Felipe Ramusio, Santiago Vaca Narvaja, and Emanuel Parga.

Said producers Belén Atienza (The Impossible, The Orphanage) and Sandra Hermida (The Impossible, A Monster Calls): “After years of working on the project, we are very excited to start shooting Society of the Snow. We want to thank Netflix for their determined support of this project, which will be shot entirely in Spanish. We would also like to thank Cetursa Sierra Nevada for their involvement in allowing us to film at the ski resort during the Winter season and especially the survivors and families of those who died in the Andes tragedy for their enormous generosity in sharing their story with us.”

Society of the Snow is to be filmed in Sierra Nevada (Andalucía, Spain) and Montevideo (Uruguay), as well as various locations in the Andes (both in Chile and Argentina) – including El Valle de las Lágrimas, the real location where the story happened.

Here’s a look back at ’93 film Alive:

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