Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures to help finance ‘The Revenant’

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megan-ellisonA potential stumbling block for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s next project The Revenant may have been avoided. Financing for the film, a revenge thriller which would star Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, had fallen through, but a guardian angel in Megan Ellison could be stepping in to save the day. Yes, her Annapurna Pictures is working on a real to help finance the flick and keep it from having to be delayed, or worse. This is obviously good news, and you can read a bit more about it below, but it’s good to see that Ellison is looking to work with another top notch filmmaker. The Revenant is an interesting sounding movie, so I’m glad it won’t have to look hard for financing…

Here’s the story from The Wrap:

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is nearing a deal to co-finance Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “The Revenant,” a revenge thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, with New Regency, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Worldview Entertainment was slated to co-finance “The Revenant” but its CEO Christopher Woodrow recently left the company amid allegations of personal misconduct, prompting Worldview to pull out of the project as it gets its own house in order.

With Inarritu currently in pre-production, “The Revenant” is in no danger of falling apart, as shooting is scheduled to start in September.

In fact, Sony recently pushed Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” movie to March in order to accommodate DiCaprio’s fall schedule, with the actor still in negotiations to play the late Apple co-founder.

Set in the early 19th century, “The Revenant” is described as a harrowing survival story based on the 2002 novel by Michael Punke, whose book about fur trapper Hugh Glass was adapted by Mark L. Smith.

Inarritu has reportedly haggled with New Regency over the proposed budget of “The Revenant,” but the company has Inarritu’s “Birdman” opening the Venice Film Festival in September and is expected to do everything in its power to keep the project on track for a fall start. 20th Century Fox will handle domestic distribution.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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