“I was trying to put Glass [Leonardo DiCaprio’s character] through as many insane things as possible.”
Screenwriter Mark L. Smith (The Revenant)
I’ve been writing about The Revenant the last couple of days and since this morning it was announced that the movie leads the 2016 Oscar field with 12-nominations I think I’ll keep writing about the movie a couple of more days.
One of the nominations for The Revenant is for the script written by Mark L. Smith and the film’s director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. Smith wrote the first draft almost a decade ago—inspired by Michael Punke’s novel— as a spec script.
“I wrote my first draft in 2007, and they immediately attached a director and an actor, and I thought it was all coming together, but it fell apart for a variety of reasons. Christian Bale was attached in 2008 or 2009, and at one point I was doing drafts for Sam Jackson as Hugh Glass, which obviously would have been a very different movie, but it was fun to write that version. But by the time I met with Alejandro in early 2011, I had probably written 12 drafts for different people. Alejandro liked that there wasn’t a lot of dialogue in the script because I wrote it very visually, which helped him to see the movie. Then he added personal thematic aspects that meant a lot to him.”
Mark L. Smith (The Revenant co-screenwriter )
Script magazine interview with Andrew Bloomenthal