The production of Alejandro G. Inarritu’s follow-up to Birdman, The Revenant, has already been described as “a living hell“, and the $60M budget, that jumped to $95M in pre-production, quickly turned into $165M. Although 20th Century Fox is distributing the film, they refused to finance it because they were “worried about the commercial prospects of a bleak, violent movie starring two handsome actors whose famous faces would be obscured by grimy beards”. Also, apparently the movie doesn’t have any women in it except for what you see in the trailer. With all that said, New Regency has already sank $165M into a movie about a fur trader, what’s a couple million more to get Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar?
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.
Look, I love Leonardo DiCaprio. Everybody loves DiCaprio. He doesn’t make a bad movie and has worked with practically every living legend director and he’s only 40. But the dude looks at Victoria’s Secret catalogs like we look at menus. Does he really need an Oscar? What more does he want? New Regency might as well spend this money to discover a crystal that gives him three dicks.
(h/t Lainey Gossip)