Jean Francois-Richet Replacing John Hillcoat on The Revenant?

October 18, 2010

Jean Francois-Richet

Over the past few months, we've heard about various projects that director John Hillcoat would potentially helm to follow his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road. However, it looks like Hillcoat has since separated himself from one of the potential directing gigs. Back in May we heard the director may helm The Revenant, period action/revenge film that might star Christian Bale. Though there's no further word on casting, Pajiba has reported via Twitter that Hillcoat is no longer attached to the project and Jean Francois-Richet (above), director of the two-part crime thriller Mesrine and Assault on Precinct 13, may be replacing him.

The story itself takes place in the 1820's and follows a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Apparently Samuel L. Jackson and director Park Chan-wook had previously tried to get an iteration of the film off the ground, but it just didn't happen. Though I'm anxious to see more from Francois-Richet, it's a bit frustrating that Hillcoat is having trouble getting his next film off the ground. After The Promised Land fell apart, it doesn't seem like any real development has been made in finally determining his next project. Hopefully he'll land another directing gig soon. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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