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Alejandro González Iñárritu 'The Revenant' Sets Xmas 2015 Release Date, Lengthy Shooting Schedule Planned

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 14, 2014 2:43 PM
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So, no more problems then? It was only on Friday when yellow cards (sorry, still suffering from World Cup fever) were being thrown at Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant," which found a major financial backer pulling out, and some apparent concerns over the director's desire to shoot in sequence. But it looks like Megan Ellison's intervention has saved the day, as the movie now has a release date.

Box Office Mojo reveals the gritty movie will arrive on December 25, 2015 in limited release (and wide January 8th, 2016), so might as well start adjusting your future Oscar pool way early. To put it in perspective, this will be opening against "Mission: Impossible 5" and David O. Russell's "Joy" starring Jennifer Lawrence—now that's confidence. And why shouldn't Fox be feeling good? They've now got Ellison involved, and two major movie stars—Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy—to tell the story about a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and robbed, who then goes on a mission of vengeance. That said, production is going to be very long.

According to the Calgary Herald, production will be a lengthy 80 days (longer than the 76 days for Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods And Kings") with shooting to take place from approximately October to March in B.C. and Alberta. No word yet if Iñárritu got his wish to shoot in sequence, but we'd reckon this long haul plan means he did. And this likely means "The Revenant" won't hit Cannes, and instead will make a stop on next year's fall festival circuit instead. Get those phones working, Toronto, Telluride and Venice....

So in short: the movie is probably okay, dated and ready to roll. Couldn't ask for anything more.

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  • Walter | July 16, 2014 5:01 PMReply

    Biting at the bit to see this. Another nomination for DiCaprio coming up!

  • Jeff | July 14, 2014 6:30 PMReply

    Now that the 'Revenant' won't start shooting until October it should give Tom Hardy the window of time he needs to shoot 'Splinter Cell' in August and September (reports from earlier in the year stated the plan was to shoot 'Splinter Cell' in August).

  • RNL | July 14, 2014 3:21 PMReply

    Robbed by a grizzly bear?

  • Michael | July 14, 2014 10:34 PM

    Did you read the article? No..mauled by a grizzly bear.

  • Ben | July 14, 2014 3:17 PMReply

    Great news. something to look forward to!

  • dfwd | July 14, 2014 3:13 PMReply

    You linked to DOR's Joy in your BOM link.

    Also this is opening in limited release on Christmas, it goes wide on January 8th, 2016

  • RP | July 14, 2014 3:22 PM

    Yep, adjusted, thx!

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