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Director Renny Harlin is headed back to the mountains for a film about the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Apr. 24, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Director Renny Harlin (DIE HARD 2, CLIFFHANGER) is heading into mountainous terrain once again for an exploration of The Dyatlov Pass Incident , which is a true life account of nine Russian skiers who befell an unexplained death while skiing in the Ural Mountains in February 1959, their tents found abandoned with all their gear and their bodies found barefoot, one even missing a tongue.  Their deaths have been attributed to everything from a top secret government experiment, ghosts, tribesman, yeti's, alien encounters, and paranoia.  It's considered one of the most bizarre unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century. 

The Untitled Film is currently in production and is not only an account of what may or may not have happened at the pass, but features another layer to the story:

"Five ambitious American college students are issued a grant to return to the site of the original events in the belief that they can uncover and document the truth of what happened at Dyatlov's Pass. But what they find is more shocking than anything they could have imagined. Their trek through the Ural Mountains, retracing the steps of that ill-fated journey, is plagued by strange and increasingly terrifying phenomena, all of which suggest that in spite of their desolate surroundings, they are not alone. The forces behind the Dyatlov Pass Incident have been waiting for them."

Basically, Harlin is taking the mystery of the unsolved case and blending it with a fictional follow-up investigation.  To me, this is the fun of filmmaking.  Filmmakers create fictional characters in real-world settings all the time and this feels like a great fit.  The true life story is compelling enough, but exploring it further could yield some badass results. It could easily devolve into eye-rolling cheesiness, but given the subject material I'm going to hope for the best.

Harlin has been hit or miss in his career, but has produced some kick ass movies in his day (THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT is one of my all time faves).  It would be nice to see a return to form for him with this one. 

The Untitled Dyatlov Pass Incident film is currently in production.  Stay tuned for more info as it progresses. 

One of the best trailers ever should give you a feel for Harlin's potential with this. Just, y'know, no Stallone or Lithgow:

Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Renny Harlin film?

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4:55AM on 04/25/2012
I loved DIE HARD 2.

That said, I love CLIFFHANGER, but not remotely for the same reason anybody else does: I think it's one of the cheesiest, most overacted, over-the-top and kind of ridiculous movies ever. It looks beautiful, certainly, and Stallone did fine, but everybody else...SO ridiculous. I can't see Michael Rooker and not chuckle, now, because of how ridiculous he was in that film.

So yeah: maybe this film will look great, and it certainly has a good plot, but...not entirely
I loved DIE HARD 2.

That said, I love CLIFFHANGER, but not remotely for the same reason anybody else does: I think it's one of the cheesiest, most overacted, over-the-top and kind of ridiculous movies ever. It looks beautiful, certainly, and Stallone did fine, but everybody else...SO ridiculous. I can't see Michael Rooker and not chuckle, now, because of how ridiculous he was in that film.

So yeah: maybe this film will look great, and it certainly has a good plot, but...not entirely sold on the director, personally.
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9:55PM on 04/24/2012
Ive known about the dyatlov pass incident for a long time. Always thought it would make a decent flick. Only pdoblem is that so much was left unresolved on that frightening night that im not sure what they can do with the film as far as plot is concerned. Guess well see....
Ive known about the dyatlov pass incident for a long time. Always thought it would make a decent flick. Only pdoblem is that so much was left unresolved on that frightening night that im not sure what they can do with the film as far as plot is concerned. Guess well see....
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4:13PM on 04/24/2012
What's this? Renny Harlin getting back to his horror roots? Check out a lesser known gem of his by the name of "Prison."
What's this? Renny Harlin getting back to his horror roots? Check out a lesser known gem of his by the name of "Prison."
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3:46PM on 04/24/2012
I'm still waiting for his "Mannerheim" film, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
I'm still waiting for his "Mannerheim" film, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
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3:25PM on 04/24/2012
Harlin is a pretty good director. For me it's a tie between Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger. I just love these action movies. But Long Kiss ain't bad either and to tell you the truth I kinda even liked NOES: The Dream Master. It wasn't as good as part 3 but the kills were really cool and Freddy was just in the middle of being scary and funny
Harlin is a pretty good director. For me it's a tie between Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger. I just love these action movies. But Long Kiss ain't bad either and to tell you the truth I kinda even liked NOES: The Dream Master. It wasn't as good as part 3 but the kills were really cool and Freddy was just in the middle of being scary and funny
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3:22PM on 04/24/2012

Hmmm

Renny Harlin directed the most recent season finale for BURN NOTICE, with Jonathan Frakes helming the episode before that.

Maybe they should team up on this thing, LOL.
Renny Harlin directed the most recent season finale for BURN NOTICE, with Jonathan Frakes helming the episode before that.

Maybe they should team up on this thing, LOL.
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3:08PM on 04/24/2012
Ironically, of all the possible explanations listed, the most likely answer wasn't one of them. It was an avalanche while they were sleeping in their tents and the snow melted away by the time rescuers arrived. It's not really that complicated. That doesn't mean they can't turn it into a good Blair Witch Project clone or something.
Ironically, of all the possible explanations listed, the most likely answer wasn't one of them. It was an avalanche while they were sleeping in their tents and the snow melted away by the time rescuers arrived. It's not really that complicated. That doesn't mean they can't turn it into a good Blair Witch Project clone or something.
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5:43PM on 04/24/2012
The camp was on a peak, above any large amount of snow that could've fallen on them and there were bare foot prints leading away from the camp into the forest. It was a nice try at solving a 50 year old mystery with nothing but an incompetent reading of a wiki page.
The camp was on a peak, above any large amount of snow that could've fallen on them and there were bare foot prints leading away from the camp into the forest. It was a nice try at solving a 50 year old mystery with nothing but an incompetent reading of a wiki page.
2:36PM on 04/25/2012
The avalanche theory works for me. I don't know the elevation Kholat Syakhl, but the camp was set up just above the tree line at 3,600 above sea level. The closer you get to the pols the lower the tree line gets. I read they actually hadn't reached the peak of the mountain. A snow slide would cover their tents explaining cutting their way out, and walking away with what was on them. People suffering from hypothermia often disrobe. There's the matter of high radiation levels, which is
The avalanche theory works for me. I don't know the elevation Kholat Syakhl, but the camp was set up just above the tree line at 3,600 above sea level. The closer you get to the pols the lower the tree line gets. I read they actually hadn't reached the peak of the mountain. A snow slide would cover their tents explaining cutting their way out, and walking away with what was on them. People suffering from hypothermia often disrobe. There's the matter of high radiation levels, which is weird. I'm intrigued. Definitely will be reading more about this.
3:02PM on 04/24/2012

TLKG

Kill Bill robbed a few of the best TLKG moments, a great film. Then he made Exorcist 4.
Though to be fair, the producers gave him the money.
Kill Bill robbed a few of the best TLKG moments, a great film. Then he made Exorcist 4.
Though to be fair, the producers gave him the money.
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