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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Survival Drama ‘The Revenant’ Attracts Megan Ellison’s Annapurna

New Regency is in final negotiations to bring on Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures as a financier on Leonardo DiCaprio’s survival drama “The Revenant.”

The financing comes with shooting planned to start in two months. New Regency president Brad Weston told Variety that director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will start shooting in Calgary and British Columbia in September.

Twentieth Century Fox plans to open the film in limited release on Christmas Day next year before a wide release on Jan. 8, 2016.

New Regency will finance half the cost of “The Revenant,” which has a budget of about $60 million. Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment is also financing while Worldview Entertainment has backed off from providing funding.

New Regency came on to the project in 2011.

Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and David Kanter will produce the film along with Inarritu, Arnon Milchan and James Skotchdopole. Executive producers are Paul Green, James Packer and Brett Ratner.

Inarritu is directing DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter. Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark Smith wrote the screenplay based on the Michael Punke novel “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge” published in 2003. The novel, set in 1823, centers on  a fur trapper who’s mauled by a grizzly bear and robbed by the two men enlisted to stay with him.

Annapurna has backed “American Hustle,” “Her,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Foxcatcher.” It’s also backing Mark Boal’s recently launched Page 1 production banner.

THR.com first reported that Annapurna was in talks to come on board “The Revenant.”

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