The Revenant is a 2015 American epic historical survival action drama film directed, co-produced and co-written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The screenplay by Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith is based in part on Michael Punke’s novel of the same name, inspired by the experiences of frontiersman Hugh Glass in 1823, in what is now Montana and South Dakota. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass, and co-stars Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. The film follows Glass’s quest for revenge after one of his men betrays him, kills his son, and leaves him to die after he is attacked and severely injured by a grizzly bear.
Development began in August 2001 when producer Akiva Goldsman purchased Punke’s manuscript. Iñárritu signed on to direct in August 2011, and in April 2014, after several delays due to other projects, Iñárritu confirmed that he was beginning work on The Revenant and that DiCaprio would play the lead role. Principal photography began in October 2014; problems with location and crew delayed the film from May to August 2015.
The Revenant premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, on December 16, 2015, and had a limited release on December 25, 2015, followed by a wide release on January 8, 2016. It received positive reviews, mostly for its performances, direction and cinematography. The Revenant won three Golden Globe Awards, five BAFTA Awards, and at the 88th Academy Awards, Iñárritu, DiCaprio and Emmanuel Lubezki won the awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography, respectively. DiCaprio also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor.