Weitz's script adapts Charles Martin's eponymous novel, which finds two strangers surviving a plane crash in the Colorado woods and braving the elements together. The experience draws them closer and they fall in love. Elba, assuming he takes the role, would be Ben Trace, a doctor and climbing fanatic who helps injured writer Ashley as they make their way down a mountain in unforgiving weather.
Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) is still the man to direct this one, which has been through a few casting fluctuations already – Michael Fassbender (Prometheus), Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) were in talks previously.
Elba is currently in much demand. He recently picked up two SAG Awards for his work on Beasts Of No Nation and Luther and has several films coming up including Jon Favreau's (Cowboys & Aliens) The Jungle Book, Zootropolis, and Star Trek Beyond, which has him as an antagonist named Krall.