Samuel L. Jackson will no longer star in The Revenant, which at the time of his signing was supposed to be directed by Park Chan-Wook, the director of Oldboy. Now Christian Bale is taking the place of Jackson and John Hillcoat (The Road) has landed the directing gig. I don’t know if there’s really a drop off here at all, though it’s certainly a very different production now.
Bloody-Disgusting reports the updates on the revenge tale on the wild frontier, and CHUD wraps the plot up nicely:
“Bale (this is the late 1800s) gets left for dead by his buddies after a savage bear mauling. Despite taking wounds that should have killed him, Bale’s character – Hugh Glass – struggles through the wilderness to hunt down the men who left him to die.”
That’s based on a true story, or at least, a long-lived folktale. Hard to know what’s what from the old west. But it is a thunderously bleak story all the way around. The good news is it gives Bale a place the vent his pent-up hostilities.
Mark Smith, writer of Vacancy and the upcoming remake of the French horror flick Martyrs, has been working on the script, and he’s actually the source for the Bale/Hillcoat news. It probably won’t get Bale that elusive Oscar nomination, but it could be grisly (or grizzly) fun.
Source: Get That Big Picture