Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is in final negotiations to come onboard New Regency’s survival drama “The Revenant” after Worldview Entertainment backed out of financing the film.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu helms the project whose fate is now in limbo as New Regency rushes to get Annapurna to take over the previous financing commitment made by Worldview. That latter company has been pulling back on film financing following last month’s departure of its CEO amid claims of personal misconduct.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter star in the 1823-set film about a fur trapper mauled by a grizzly bear who is then robbed and left for dead by the two men enlisted to stay with him. Despite the odds, he survives and seeks revenge on the pair.
Worldview’s exit hasn’t been the only issue. New Regency’s regular partner Fox refused to come onboard the film due to expensive and essentially pay-or-play deals in place for Hardy and DiCaprio. On top of that, Inarritu reportedly wants to shoot the film in sequence – a move that would add a whopping $7 million to the cost.
Filming remains slated to begin in Calgary and British Columbia in September ahead of a late 2015 limited/early 2016 wide release.