Iñárritu Attached to Revenge Project 'The Revenant' at Warner Bros
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu looks to have lined up one of his first Hollywood studio projects following directing the highly acclaimed films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful most recently. The Wrap is reporting that Inarritu is attached to a project called The Revenant at Warner Bros, a revenge story set in the 1800s about a fur trapper left for dead. It's based on Michael Punke's novel and is being produced by Akiva Goldsman at his production company Weed Road Pictures. It's interesting to see Inarritu dabbling in Hollywood like this, but I'm intrigued nonetheless, as this sounds like it could be great.
There's no doubt that Alejandro González Iñárritu is a very talented filmmaker, having earned three Oscar nominations. Based on a "true incident of heroism in the history of the American West," The Revenant tells the story of a fur trapper in the 1800s who, after surviving months of hardship and Indian attack, is mauled by a grizzly bear. The captain of the ship that he was sailing on tries to carry him to safety, but can't, so he hires two men to stay with the dying man and bury him, but they rob him and take off. He survives and "embarks on a 3,000-mile-long vengeful pursuit of his ignominious betrayers." The script was adapted by Mark L. Smith (Séance, Vacancy, The Hole). This sounds like a fascinating project for Inarritu to tackle, even if it is in Hollywood. I'm intrigued to see how it develops from here and who he casts, too. Stay tuned!