The Revenant news:
Sources say the film will be shot in both B.C. and Alberta, likely in the fall […and] production officials have already opened an office in Vancouver and are looking for space in Calgary. “It’s anticipated a shooting schedule in the October to March range. Eighty days of shooting.”
… Emmanuel Lubezki, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who shot Gravity, has also signed on for the project. // Calgary Herald
Meanwhile, on the money issues, THR reports
Annapurna Pictures is negotiating to help finance the survival story to be directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu after its original backer, Worldview, pulled back on film financing. With the fate of Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant hanging in the balance … producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is negotiating to come aboard as financial backer.
New Regency is said to have approached Fox unsuccessfully for financial backing. The company would have been on the hook for a big chunk of the budget if the movie fell apart because Hardy’s deal is pay-or-play, according to sources, and DiCaprio’s deal is all but pay-or-play [that means they are paid even if the movie doesn’t get made].
In addition, sources say Inarritu … has been at odds with producers over the budget of the new film … Inarritu’s desire to shoot The Revenant in sequence would add $7 million to the cost, according to a knowledgeable source. “Alejandro has been threatening to walk off, but Alejandro will get his way, and everything will be fine,” the source said. // More at THR
Who can blame Inarritu for wanting to shoot the film in sequence. Studios don’t like it because it adds costs, but I hope he gets to do it his way. #directorsvision