The conditions have been harsh, crew members have revolted and the tension has been palpable, but the imagery coming from Birdman (2014) director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's latest, The Revenant, is certainly striking. And that continues with the new one sheet, which eschews giant floating heads for a moody landscape shot and embers twisting in the wind.
Adapted by Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) from Michael Punke's novel, The Revenant follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. To add insult to injury, several men (Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter) are assigned to bury what everyone assumes is his dead body. But the greedy scavengers decide to rob him and leave him helpless instead. Glass recovers, and swears bloody his revenge...
While there has been a certain amount controversy over how the director is wrangled the shoot, he has been quick to explain his methods. "We all knew what we wanted, we knew how to get it, but every obstacle was in the way of what we needed, and we knew what we needed," says Iñárritu. "No scene was added, everything was written, but we were just trying to accomplish what we had from the beginning." And he offers this up to those criticizing the rough shoot – "Nobody will go to a film because the guys were on schedule and on budget. It's how good the film is."
The Revenant will be out in the UK on 15 January next year.