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Iñárritu Attached to Revenge Project 'The Revenant' at Warner Bros

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August 17, 2011
Source: The Wrap

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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!

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  • Lebowski
    Dear god, can the man only direct things that are a complete ordeal? Usually I'm all for being creatively uncompromising, but throw me a fucking bone, Alejandro! 
  • Bo
    What the heck? This sounds exactly, and I mean exactly like the film with Richard Harris and John Huston 'Man in the Wilderness'. Same thing...ship, grissly bear attack...two guys left to take care of him don't...he survives and heads thru the wilderness after the capt. and his ship who left him for dead. How can this be without at least acknowledging how exactly alike these stories are?
  • Bo
    Bo here from previous email...did some futher research on this 'new' project of Inarritu's and discovered that indeed it is based on same source material. Still, find it interesting that a filmmaker of such originality would take on this material after it has already been done. Oh well, to each his own. The first one released in 1971 was pretty good, but if so many have never seen it then perhaps Inarritu's film will be a good one for them. Ah, the horrors of being older and around film for so long!
  • donnyyon
    WHAT? I know The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, and this is not the type for Alejandro's film style! His films are about humans social life... I am not sure how to think about this...

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