Megan Ellison Revenant

Megan Ellison has been a huge boon to many an auteur-driven passion project over the past several years, and now she may be about to save another. Her Annapurna Pictures is reportedly in talks to finance Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, which is facing serious budgetary woes as backer Worldview Entertainment pulls out.

Also not helping matters from a financial standpoint is Iñárritu’s desire to shoot the film in sequence. But from a cinephile’s point of view, Iñárritu’s insistence on sticking to his guns is what makes The Revenant sound interesting. Not to mention the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter are all on board to star. Hit the jump for the details.

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Sure, we’re looking forward to superhero movies from Marvel and DC in the coming months and years, but one of the most intriguing comes from a very unlikely source. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, best known for serious fare like Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, blends drama with heroics in Birdman.

This isn’t a conventional superhero movie. In fact, it’s not really a superhero movie at all. But it does use lots of those conventions to tell the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) who once played a superhero and is struggling to mount a new play. Co-starring Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach GalifianakisBirdman open October 17.

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That rumored Inception sequel never did come together, but fans can comfort themselves in the knowledge that Cobb and Eames will still reunite in the near future. Tom Hardy is looking to join Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, a 19th century revenge tale being directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. More details after the jump.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been attached to the true 1800s revenge tale The Revenant for three years. In that time, the film has progressed little (Inarritu took time to direct October‘s Birdman), but a very important piece was just locked in. Leonardo DiCaprio has fully committed to star in the film. They’ll begin shooting in September, making the story of a man left for death in the woods a likely Fall 2015 release and potential 2016 Oscar contender. Read More »

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Briefly: Two competing Jungle Book films are in the works but one just fell back to second place in the race. The Warner Bros. version, written by Callie Kloves, was aiming to have Babel director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu direct. That’s not going to happen, due to scheduling. The news makes Disney’s version, directed by Jon Favreau with an already-scheduled October 9, 2015 release date, the clear front runner. Warner Bros. now has to scramble for a new director. [Deadline]

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Briefly: The new film from Babel, 21 Grams, and Biutiful director Alejandro González Iñárritu is a comedy of sorts, Birdman, about a washed-up superhero. But since we haven’t seen that yet it’s difficult to think of the director outside the dour confines of his major features. And so it’s weird to think about him making a version of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling‘s novel about a young boy who is raised by animals.

Granted, this isn’t the Disney version, which has Jon Favreau attached to direct. This Jungle Book is at Warner Bros. — a studio that likes its big movies to be a lot more serious than what Disney would be after — and has a script from Callie Kloves with Steve Kloves (Harry Potter) producing. How will it be different from the Disney version? There’s no doubt that the tone will be darker, or more “realistic,” but otherwise we don’t have much indication.

At this point Iñárritu is not signed, and there’s no indication of how the film will be cast. [Deadline]

As a comedy, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s upcoming Birdman falls well outside the director’s usual misery-soaked wheelhouse. But one thing that hasn’t changed is his ability to attract major talent.

In a brilliant bit of casting, former Batman star Michael Keaton has been chosen for the lead role of a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero. Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton round out the rest of the cast. Hit the jump to read more.

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While it was anyone’s guess who’d win the Super Bowl last night, the movie awards ceremonies this weekend were more predictable. Argo continued its steamroll through awards season, picking up a DGA award for Ben Affleck to go with the film’s earlier PGA, SAG, and Globes victories, while PGA winner Wreck-It Ralph took the top prize at the Annies.

Oscar favorites Searching for Sugar Man and Paperman also proved popular on the movie front, as did Jay RoachRian Johnson, and Lena Dunham in the small-screen world. Hit the jump to read the winners.

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