Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi tapped for movie about Mount Everest conquest

Jackie Chan (left) and Zhang Ziyi are being roped in for the film, based on the true-life account of how a Chinese trio became the first in the world to climb Mount Everest's North Ridge in 1960.
Jackie Chan (left) and Zhang Ziyi are being roped in for the film, based on the true-life account of how a Chinese trio became the first in the world to climb Mount Everest's North Ridge in 1960.PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/JACKIE CHAN, INSTAGRAM/ZIYIZHANGLOVE

BEIJING - China's film industry is set to scale a new peak with shooting started on a Mount Everest movie.

To ensure that the film, tentatively called Climbers, reach new box-office heights, the producers have roped in big names Jackie Chan, Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior 2) and Jing Boran (Monster Hunt).

Zhang Ziyi is also being tapped to play a meteorologist who assists the mission, according to trade publication Hollywood Reporter.

Films with a nationalistic streak have been lapped up at the Chinese box office, with recent movie The Wandering Earth, for example, orbiting high with a plot detailing how Chinese astronauts saved the Earth from a rapidly expanding sun.

While that story was fictional, Climbers' is based on the true-life account of how a Chinese trio became the first in the world to climb Mount Everest's North Ridge in 1960.

They left a small statue of Chinese leader Mao Zedong on the summit of the world's highest mountain, before making a descent to help a fourth team member who was unable to complete the climb.

The movie, directed by Daniel Lee, is slated for release next year