Revenant, “Orphanage” Dropouts

Australian filmmaker John Hillcoat (“The Road,” “The Proposition”) has dropped out of the period revenge tale “The Revenant” for Anonymous Content reports Pajiba.

Based on the novel by Michael Punke, the story follows solider/adventurer Hugh Glass who, after being attacked by a bear along the Missouri River and left for dead by his friends, sets out to hunt them down for leaving him behind.

Hillcoat isn’t the first name to leave the project as Park Chan-Wook was slated to direct years ago. With Hillcoat no longer attached, filmmaker Jean Francois-Richet (“Mesrine,” “Assault on Precinct 13”) is being lined up to replace him. Mark L. Smith (“Vacancy”) is penning the script.

In news of other drop outs, indie filmmaker Larry Fessenden spoke to The Playlist in more detail about why he left the proposed remake of “The Orphanage” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Fessenden says the filmmakers couldn’t land the A-List star they were looking for, and he had misgivings about the production plans – “I was very excited about it. I was going to do it as a New England Gothic, truly shot in New England, and it didn’t pan out. WB wanted to shoot it in South Africa or something nutty. I mean, why do you remake a foreign film in another foreign land?”

At last report, “The Mothman Diaries” helmer Mark Pellington was attached to direct the remake.