Where was the film The Revenant filmed

Why turning The Revenant has become hell on earth

Many are already acting as an Oscar candidate for The Revenant, the new film by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The only problem is: the film isn't finished yet. A few hurdles had to be overcome, but things are still not going smoothly.

Alejandro González Iñárritu has a clear idea of ​​what his new film The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby) and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), should look like. But his ideas are not exactly easy to implement. There are also numerous cast changes behind the camera. Even before that, you have to struggle with problems again and again, as The Hollywood Reporter reports.

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Iñárritu has to endure quite a few fights for his film. At first there were communication difficulties, which led to the fact that the producer James W. Skotchdopole, with whom he also worked for Birdman or the unexpected power of ignorance, was moved from the set of The Revenant to a trailer. Again and again he had approved things for which there was no money at all, according to crew members according to THR. One of the consequences of this was that the planned production costs of 60 million US dollars had long been exceeded. The project has now reached 95 million. The total cost is currently expected to be 135 million, The Playlist reports.

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However, this is not the end of the problem. Iñárritu decided to shoot the film only with natural light and in long shots, which gives you a time window of around one and a half hours per day, as otherwise the lighting conditions on the footage differ too much, as a crew member told THR. So it's no wonder that the film hasn't finished yet. By the way, the US theatrical release is Christmas. So it's time to hurry so that everything is ready on time.

The work is no picnic for the actors either. Shooting must be done in freezing cold, which of course should happen with as few mistakes as possible, since there is not much time left per day. In the ice water people bathed in a broken protective suit, a 22-year-old actor was even dragged naked across the floor. Iñárritu repeatedly stressed that everyone had fared well and that no one acted against his will. But still: pressure builds up, the cast is getting more and more annoyed. One of the crew members even described the shoot as "Hell of Earth." But should you trust the words of Iñárritus, something really big awaits us, for which all the stress is worthwhile:

When you see the film, you also see its extent. [...] And you will say: 'Wow.'

Do you think the stress of filming The Revenant is worth it?