John Hillcoat Has a Project Titled The Revenant in the Works?

May 26, 2010
Source: Bloody-Disgusting

John Hillcoat

With John Hillcoat's The Road finally out on DVD (and Blu-Ray) this week, I don't think I'll be the only one wondering when we'll see the next film from John Hillcoat, who showed that he's quite a talented director with that film. Well, although we've heard a bit about The Promised Land (which apparently got shut down), our friends at Bloody-Disgusting got a little scoop about another new project he's currently working on. This one is titled The Revenant, which is supposedly a period action/revenge piece that Anonymous Content is producing and that Christian Bale is in talks to star. Ooh, I like the sound of that. Hopefully it's official.

B-D got this news in an interview with screenwriter Mark L. Smith (of Séance, Vacancy, The Hole) who also told them a bit about a few other projects in the works, including a remake of the French horror film Martyrs. Smith wrote that for producer Wyck Godfrey, but we don't know much else about it. So all we've got are these little nuggets of info, like that Hillcoat is directing Bale in something called The Revenant, and that a Martyrs remake is coming soon, but that's it. He also mentions another project that he co-wrote with Sidney Lumet and another one with Patrick Tatopoulos (maybe The Colony?), but no details on those either.

We'll definitely let you know when we hear more about the Hillcoat project or the Martyrs remake, so stay tuned for updates on both of them. When I talked to Hillcoat in Telluride last year, it seemed as if he had a couple of different projects in the works, so he's probably got a few things going, and it was The Revenant that moved forward first. I'll be very interested in learning more about the plot of that one, so stick around.

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This sounds awesome Can`t wait to hear more

Loser on May 26, 2010


Martyrs was a great chilling thriller/horror film. I love anything by John hillcoat. Can't wait for Te Revenant. I don't give two sh*ts about a Martyrs remake. Without those two lead actresses it wouldn't have worked as well as it did. Make sure to check out Clint Eastwood's next film, Martyrs star Mylene Jampanoi(the euruasian beauty and extremely talented actress) will make her stateside debut.

Linkfx on May 26, 2010


The Revenant is actually based on a book, which is based on true story. It's by Michael Punke if anyone wants to look it up on amazon. This is the (very long) plot description: A Philadelphia-born adventurer, frontiersman Hugh Glass goes to sea at age 16 and enjoys a charmed life. In 1822, at age 36, Glass finds his way to St. Louis and enters the employ of Capt. Andrew Henry. After surviving months of hardship and Indian attack, he falls victim to a grizzly bear. His throat nearly ripped out, scalp hanging loose and deep slashing wounds to his back, shoulder and thigh, Glass appears to be mortally wounded. Initially, Captain Henry refuses to abandon him and has him carried along the Grand River. Even though his death seems certain, Henry details two men, a fugitive mercenary, John Fitzgerald, and young Jim Bridger to stand watch and bury him. After several days, Fitzgerald sights hostile Indians. Taking Glass's rifle and tossing Bridger his knife, Fitzgerald flees with Bridget, leaving Glass. Enraged at being left alone and defenseless, Glass survives against all odds and embarks on a 3,000-mile-long vengeful pursuit of his ignominious betrayers.

germs on May 26, 2010


Excellent job #3 ... Now I want to read the book .. Thanks!

Hattori Hanzo on May 26, 2010


#3 that sounds awesome. Hillcoat and Bale = look out. Hillcoat needs to get Guy Pearce in on this one too.

Johnny Neat on May 26, 2010


If that is what this film is based on that sounds brilliant!

Linkfx on May 26, 2010


to say that hillcoat proved he's a talented director with The Road is silly and exposes yourself in ways you shouldn't if you're running a movie website. The Proposition was easily one of the best films of the last ten years.

tom on May 28, 2010


agree with #7 / tom - The Proposition is a quite fantastic film. i can't see them getting anywhere near the sheer bloody minded nastiness and full frontal assault of Martyrs with a US remake, although they could perhaps clean up the ending... nah, yet another completely and pointlessly unnecessary immediate retread of a singular but 'foreign' film. colour me bored.

lumière on May 29, 2010

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