Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

It’s not entirely Mark L. Smith‘s fault that Leonardo DiCaprio found himself chowing down on raw bison liver and risking hypothermia in freezing cold water on the set of The Revenant. But as the screenwriter, Smith definitely bears some responsibility. He’s the one who wrote Hugh Glass into a world that gets “colder, icier, more frozen and harder,” as his journey continues, after all.

Still, The Revenant‘s famously difficult production process has paid off, at least in that five-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio seems to have best shot yet at actually taking home a statue. So maybe it’s not surprising DiCaprio is looking to hook up with Smith again. The two are reuniting for Conquest, which has just been picked up by Paramount Pictures.  Read More »

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Mark L Smith interview

The Revenant is a genuine epic. As large as the film is in scale, with its vast landscapes and its long journey into a chilly hell, both director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Mark L. Smith wanted to tell a personal, intimate story amongst all the chaos. The two-and-a-half-hour film is about revenge, but to Smith, it’s about far more than that.

The screenwriter has been working on the project for years now, starting all the way back in 2007. It’s easy to see why any writer would be drawn to this story, to have the oppurtunity to tell a story through behavior and images, rather than exposition — which there’s very, very little of in The Revenant.

We spoke with screenwriter Smith about the internalized father-son story. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.  Read More »

What ‘The Revenant’ Was Originally About

The Revenant Changes

On the surface, The Revenant is a revenge film. Co-writer Mark L. Smith and co-writer/director Alejandro Iñárritu weren’t particularly interested in the revenge element, though. To them, The Revenant is about much more than that — a spiritual journey through what’s both heaven and hell.

After the jump, Smith shares what the original driving force of The Revenant was.

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martyrs

Pascal Laugier‘s 2008 French film, Martyrs, is one hardcore horror movie. Like plenty of other successful foreign horror films, it’s gotten the U.S. remake treatment. An American version of Martyrs has been in the works for over five years now, and today we’re getting our first real glimpse at the film. Watch the Martyrs trailer after the jump.

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Edgar Wright directing Hot Fuzz

Edgar Wright is currently prepping Baby Driver, described as “the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film,” but one of his next directorial efforts is taking a step forward in the meantime. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) has just been tapped to do a rewrite on Collider, a Paramount project produced by J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot. More on the Edgar Wright Collider rewrite after the jump.  Read More »

king-harald

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s company Appian Way has optioned a script pitch called King Harald, with DiCaprio set to produce and (as these things go) possibly star. The film would be written by Mark L. Smith, with the focus on the Norse king Harald III, called Harald Hardrada (tough ruler). He was a mercenary and warrior, who while leading Norway invaded Denmark and, most famously, stormed the shores of England in 1066. Read More »

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Warrior, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy just signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros., and now we know what his first producing feature  might be with the studio.

The untitled film sounds like it could be a throwback of sorts: an outlaw biker movie. Those were in fashion for drive-ins decades back, but this won’t be a modern take on the old exploitation idea. Rather, Hardy’s movie is designed as a period film, with the actor playing a Vietnam vet who becomes a gang leader in 1969. Read More »

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. Read More »

Poll a hundred people about their top five movies based on Stephen King novels and I doubt Firestarter, the 1984 film featuring Drew Barrymore in her first post-E.T. film appearance, would even crack the top 90%. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if a great many people now have never seen the film.

So, the fact that Universal and the Dino De Laurentiis Company want to remake the movie should be seen as, if not good news, at least a fairly benign report. Read More »