The Revenant, a film inspired by true events about a man struggling to survive the uncharted American wilderness in 1823, definitely took over a sizable part of award ceremonies and box office earnings last year. The film won three Golden Globes, five BAFTAs, and three Academy Awards. The Revenant also grossed nearly $183 million in North America alone. Additionally, it is widely known as the film that earned Leonardo DiCaprio his first ever Academy Award after decades in the entertainment industry. However, DiCaprio was only a small part of the team of talent that made The Revenant the engaging and dramatic cinematic experience that it is. Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki were major factors behind the award-winning film that is The Revenant.
Now it seems like the immensely talented filmmaking duo Iñárritu and Lubezki are working on another project– and it is no Revenant. After nearly four years of talk and planning, the two are helming an experimental virtual reality short film and have already begun pre-production for the project.
Variety is reporting that the still nameless film will be produced by Legendary Entertainment. Lucasfilms’ newest company division called ILMxLAB will be doing the hard labor creating the entirely virtual world and the film’s characters. The film won’t just be a huge step creatively for Iñárritu and Lubezki, but also for Legendary Entertainment. The short film will be the production company’s first major virtual reality film experience. From what we know, the project will be an exploration of the very political and emotional experience of refugees from Mexico that cross over to the United States border.
Iñárritu and Lubezki have collaborated on cinematic work before The Revenant. The two helmed the surreal film Birdman and subsequently both won Oscars for the film.
Virtual reality filmmaking seems like the next logical step after 3D, and a lot of people are excited about it. If there’s a duo talented enough to helm a film that could pave the way for mainstream virtual reality movies in the future, it would be Iñárritu and Lubezki. The fact that the film’s plot is something we wouldn’t quite expect from a virtual reality experience is refreshing and could end up being one of the most emotionally convincing films of all time, if it is anything like The Revenant.
Screen Rant will keep you posted on Iñárritu and Lubezki’s nameless short film as details emerge.