Robert Redford to bring WWII novel Climb to Conquer to the big screen
Story by Jack Foley
ROBERT Redford is to adapt Peter Shelton’s book Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII’s 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop for the big screen.
According to Variety, the actor-director will produce the film with Bill Holderman through his Wildwood Enterprises banner.
Kurt Johnstad (Act of Valor, 300: Rise of an Empire) is in talks to pen the screenplay, which would tell the story of a US Army division’s little-known victory in the mountains of Italy that had soldiers scale the treacherous rock walls of Riva Ridge.
In doing so, they conquered a German position that was previously considered untouchable, thereby enabling the Allied forces to finally break the stalemate in Italy.
What makes the story even more compelling is the fact that the division in question was comprised of professional athletes, college scholars and potential officer candidates, whose members included the Sierra Club’s David Brower, Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who developed the waffle-sole running shoe, and Aspen Skiing Corps founder Friedl Pfeifer.
However, as the last American division to enter the war in Europe, it also suffered the highest number of casualties per combat day.
As yet, there is no word on casting or a release date.
Redford was last seen playing the villain in Marvel’s box office smash, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and playing a stricken sailor in the critically-acclaimed All Is Lost. He is also working on an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s book A Walk in the Woods.