Late last week, the second full-length trailer for The Revenant was released. This one has more BEAR ASSAULT. As in, that bear really mauled the crap out of Leonardo DiCaprio and in turn, Leo shoots the bear in the face and the bear is all “Nah, bruh.” Here’s the trailer:
Does this make you want to see the movie? To me, it just looks depressing, although I think this trailer is the best one so far because we’re getting to hear Tom Hardy’s character speak a little bit more (and Hardy seems to be playing a monster). But everyone involved is really, really hoping that this film gets great buzz. They’re hoping it makes money and they’re hoping it gets nominated for all of the Oscars. The Wrap had an exclusive story about the money situation and the awards season plan for The Revenant last week as well – go here to read the full piece. Some highlights:
The cost ballooned to a crazy degree. Originally, The Revenant was supposed to come in under $100 million. The original budget was $95 million. But they ended up spending $135 million on the production, plus they’re doing a pricey media rollout which will put the entire cost of the film around $165 million.
Again, director Alejandro Inarritu was mostly to blame: One source said: “It was very difficult production. We were really biting off a lot more than we could chew. The movie just kept getting bigger and bigger, more complicated, the weather — waiting for the light to be a certain way.” Producers are also getting blamed for not successfully reining in Inarritu, with one source saying: “I don’t think the studio put in stopgaps to keep the costs down. There were a lot of indulgences he got that could’ve been a ‘no.’ Alejandro is a little bit like a child. He tests the parameters all the time. When you don’t say ‘no,’ he takes advantage.”
Slow release: The film will get a limited release in late December before going wide on January 8. Box office experts are worried about releasing such a dark, depressing movie around the holidays, especially since everyone involved NEEDS this film to make money.
Oscar season: One knowledgeable insider claimed that New Regency has hired “every awards consultant known to man” to strategize an Oscar campaign for “The Revenant” — evidence of the studio’s emphasis on awards prestige which have also been known to boost a film’s box office prospects.
The Wrap also says that the studio is really, really worried about the beards. As in, they’re worried the ladies won’t come out to see this dark, violent, depressing film because Leo and Tom’s faces will be obstructed by beards. Which is funny, when you think about it. After all of this expense and time and drama, what if the whole thing did come down to “God, so beardy, I don’t want to see that.” Anyway… it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I’m guessing that they’ll be able to buy their way into several Oscar nominations, especially for Best Picture. But I just don’t know if anyone will want to give Leo the awards.
Photos courtesy of WENN, stills from ‘The Revenant’.