John Hillcoat takes on two new projects
The Road director John Hillcoat has lined up two projects: frontier western actioner The Revenant starring Christian Bale, and the long-gestating remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic 1970 neo-noir Le Cercle Rouge (Red Circle), according to Playlist.

The Revenant is based on the novel by Michael Punke, and was adapted by Mark L. Smith as a starring vehicle for Samuel L. Jackson, who has been replaced by Christian Bale.

The Revenant tells the story of an 1820s frontiersman, Hugh Glass, on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Red Circle is described as a "contemporary....crime thriller, set in Hong Kong and Macao."

...about an aristocratic thief who is released from prison the same day a murderer has escaped the custody of a police superintendent. The thief ends up robbing his mob boss and enlisting the help of the murderer and an ex-police sharpshooter for a jewel heist. Meanwhile, the mob boss persuades a nightclub owner and a pimp to help him trap the thieves, while the police officer is also looking to apprehend the convict.