HOLLYWOOD – The first image from the highly anticipated prequel to Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant hit the internet today.

Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant was a huge hit with audiences and critics last year and won Leonardo diCaprio a belated Oscar nod. Now the prequel has begun shooting and today the Studio Exec can EXCLUSIVELY reveal the first shot from the production.

The film will chart Hugo Glass’ life as a child in the wilds of frontier land America. His friendship with the native first nation peoples and his immersion in the wildlife and particularly his friendship with old Ben, a beautiful friendly Grisly Bear.

Inarritu spoke on the telephone to the Exec:

I felt we had done something of a disservvice to nature in our film. We showed an unrelentingly harsh environment and I wanted to re-balance that a little. Also here with Hugo’s friendship foregrounded I think people will see the first film in a sharper more tragic light.

The Revenant: Bear With Me will be released in 2018.