THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Paramount is jumping into the YA post-apocalypse fray, picking up The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson.
Leonardo DiCaprio and his partner at Appian Way, Jennifer Davisson, are attached to produce the adaptation.
While some could argue that the post-apocalyptic scene may be played out to a certain extent, the book is said to lean heavily into environmental themes and it’s those themes that attracted DiCaprio to the manuscript.
The book is set in 2049 when the Earth is at a breaking point due to climate change, coastal flooding and overpopulation. A radical faction known as the Wolfpack overthrows the government and takes control.
The story centers on a young woman named Eden who escapes a Wolfpack labor camp, joining three other girls fleeing to an island. During her journey, she will find clues as to what happened to her missing father and find out that she is the key to bringing down the Wolfpack.
Appian’s Nathaniel Posey identified the book and brought it into the company.
Publishing details were not revealed.
Olson is repped by the lit firm of Waxman Leavell. UTA repped Olson in the movie rights deal.
Leonardo attended the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last night. The gallery has been updated with photos from the arrivals, backstage, show, and press room. Leonardo also won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant! Congrats Leo, you deserve it! You can watch his acceptance speech below if you weren’t able to catch it live!
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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” the actor said in Italian as he arrived.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, discussed their shared concern over the environment and gave the pontiff a check for his charitable works.
“Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” DiCaprio said in Italian as he arrived in the Apostolic Palace and kissed the pope’s ring.
Later, in English, DiCaprio offered Francis a book of works by the 15th century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, and showed him the reproduction of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights that had hung over his crib as a child. The triptych, which DiCaprio has referred to in the past, depicts Adam and Eve in the first panel, a teeming landscape in the center panel, and finally a vision of hell.
“As a child I didn’t quite understand what it all meant, but through my child’s eyes it represented a planet, the utopia we had been given, the overpopulation, excesses, and the third panel we see a blackened sky that represents so much to me of what’s going in in the environment,” DiCaprio told the pope.
DiCaprio said he thought the painting also represented Francis’ environmental concerns.
Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be) has been embraced by environmentalists for its denunciation of the world’s fossil fuel-based economy and its demand for greener energy sources.
An assistant then handed Francis an envelope and explained it was a check for the pope to use for charity works “close to your heart.” DiCaprio, nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Revenant, is a longtime environmental campaigner who in 1998 launched his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to support initiatives aimed at sustainability.
He recently addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, announcing the foundation was donating another $15 million to environmental projects and pleading with business leaders to battle global warming.
Francis gave DiCaprio a leather-bound copy of Laudato Si and his earlier document, The Joy of the Gospel.
DiCaprio was accompanied by his father, George DiCaprio, and Milutin Gatsby, global fundraising chair for the foundation.
I have added high quality photos of Leo attending a photocall and press conference for “The Revenant” in Mexico City, Mexico on January 26th to the gallery.
Sorry for the delay. I have now added photos of Leo attending “The Revenant” press conference and premiere in Paris, France on January 18th. I have also added a few photos of Leo attending the 22nd Annual Crystal Awards on the 19th to the gallery.
Leonardo attended the Rome premiere of “The Revenant” yesterday. He also attended a photocall today in Rome. Our gallery has been updated with high quality photos from both events.
Leonardo attended the UK premiere of “The Revenant” last night. I have updated the gallery with high quality photos from the premiere!
The Academy Award nominations have been announced and Leonardo has been nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role! “The Revenant” has been nominated for several other categories which you can see below. Congrats to Leonardo and the cast and crew of The Revenant.
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
Matt Damon in “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”
Best motion picture of the year
“The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
“Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers
“The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
“The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers
“Room” Ed Guiney, Producer
“Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”
Achievement in cinematography
“Carol” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario” Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design
“Carol” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan
“The Revenant” Jacqueline West
Achievement in directing
“The Big Short” Adam McKay
“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Room” Lenny Abrahamson
“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy
Achievement in film editing
“The Big Short” Hank Corwin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel
“The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione
“Spotlight” Tom McArdle
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
Achievement in production design
“Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
“The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
“The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
“The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy
Achievement in sound editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
“Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord
Achievement in sound mixing
“Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
“The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
“The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
Achievement in visual effects
“Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
“The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
“The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
Leo recently did an interview with Time Out which you can read below. You can also check out two new photos featured in the article in the gallery!
‘Hi, I’m Leo.’ In a hotel room in Claridge’s, Leonardo DiCaprio walks over from the window where he’s been puffing on an electronic cigarette. He’s smiling. A good sign. The actor is famously private and once walked out on a journalist who was rude to him. At 41, he is no longer the impossibly beautiful boy he was in ‘Romeo + Juliet’ and ‘Titanic’. I’m more dazzled by his knitwear – he’s wearing a navy blue cashmere jumper so soft and expensive-looking that I have to resist the temptation to stroke him.
DiCaprio is a man with a lot to smile about; 2016 belongs to him. After being nominated four times for an Oscar, there’s a very good chance he will walk up the aisle in February to pick up the Best Actor award for ‘The Revenant’. Set in 1823, DiCaprio plays real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, who was left for dead in the Rocky Mountains by his hunting party. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (‘Birdman’), it’s a brutal, raw revenge drama that puts Glass through the wringer: attacked by a bear, mauled by Tom Hardy (who, let’s face it, is scarier than a grizzly), buried alive and frozen so cold that he’s forced to sleep in the still-steaming carcass of a horse. Yes, it’s acting – but DiCaprio also lived it. The nine-month shoot in Canada and Argentina was so tough that some of the crew have described it as ‘a living hell’.
You put yourself through a lot making ‘The Revenant’. In one scene your character is so hungry that he eats raw liver. Did you do that? Eat raw liver?
‘I did. Because the fake liver they gave me didn’t look real. Arthur, the Native American actor I was working with, had been eating liver all day while I was sitting there eating a big piece of Play-Doh. I had to give it a shot. But I only did it twice, and my reaction is up on screen. That’s instinct.’
It’s a gruelling movie to watch. On a scale of one to ten, how tough was it to make?
‘Ten. But we all knew what we were signing up for. We couldn’t recreate this with CGI. We all knew that we were stepping into a “Fitzcarraldo”, “Heart of Darkness” type of experience.’
You were filming out in the elements. Any near misses?
‘The whole movie! But the real nemesis was the cold, every single day. I had a special machine I called “the octopus”, which was like a giant hairdryer with eight tentacles that I warmed my body with between takes.’