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Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn Eyed for ‘The Revenant’

6 November 2011 8:24 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

New Regency is considering both Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn to play the two leads of the big screen adaptation of the western frontier “The Revenant.” According to Deadline, both actors already met with “The Revenant” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Inarritu directed films such as “Biutiful,” “Babel,” “21 Grams,” and “Amores Perros.” The big screen adaptation is based off the novel by Michael Punke. The script will be written by Mark L. Smith. Smith previously wrote “The Hole,” and “Vacancy.” Here is the synopsis from Punke’s book: Michael Punke's The Revenant tells a story of nearly unimaginable human endurance over 3,000 miles of uncharted American wilderness, spanning what is today the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass, The Revenant recounts the toll of envy and betrayal, and the power of obsession and vengeance. Punke's novel opens in 1823, when thirty-six-year-old Hugh Glass »

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Mindy Newell: Comics Are For Kids?

19 September 2011 4:56 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

There’s a great interview with Grant Morrison on the website of Rolling Stone magazine.  The reason I bring it up is that I’ve been thinking about last week’s column.  The more I thought about Action Comics #1, written by Morrison, the more I really liked it.

But I’m an adult.

I’ve been a fan of Grant’s since his debut on this side of the pond as the writer of Animal Man back in the 80s. It was a book that I adored. But Animal Man was under the Vertigo imprint, whose aim was to bring a sophisticated, i.e. adult, audience and slant into the comics industry – at which it incredibly succeeded, of course. In fact, if I remember right, the “hook” for the entire line of Vertigo books was sophisticated horror.

But I’m an adult.

And the Vertigo books aren’t for kids. »

- Glenn Hauman

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu May Direct Revenge Tale ‘The Revenant’

17 August 2011 6:09 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Michael Punke's novel The Revenant, a dire revenge tale set in raw 1800s America, has been in the hands of Warner Bros for almost a decade. John Hillcoat was once linked to the film, with Christian Bale said to be attached to star; prior to that Park Chan-wook and Samuel L. Jackson were linked. As you read more info on the tale of a man wronged and bent on retribution, you'll quickly see why either of those pairings might have been a great idea. But those configurations aren't happening. There is a script by Mark L. Smith, and Akiva Goldsman is producing. And now Babel and Biutiful director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is reportedly set to break out of the mode he established in those films by directing The Revenant. The Wrap [1] has the news, but not much more detail. It's a great-sounding story, though, and one while would keep »

- Russ Fischer

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Michael Gracey Directing Hugh Jackman In ‘The Greatest Showman on Earth’; Alejandro González Iñárritu Will Helm ‘The Revenant’

17 August 2011 5:23 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Landing the job of director on Disney’s The Order of the Seven (that’s a Snow White movie, if you don’t know) has been paying off for Michael Gracey. He’s never actually directed a feature, but Variety says that he’s just picked up another film to helm, The Greatest Showman on Earth. A musical biopic of P.T. Barnum that has Hugh Jackman attached to star (as well as producing), it’s written by Jenny Bickman and tells of his time as a showman, how he invented the three-ring circus, as well as “his infatuation with Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind.”

Despite this big movement, the project isn’t something that we’ll be seeing for a little while, due to the busy schedules of Jackman — which includes The Wolverine and Les Miserables — and Gracey, who is scheduled to begin shooting Order next year. The problem with »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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