Wednesday, March 02, 2016
‘The Revenant’ Author Michael Punke Has a Day Job
There are five literary adaptations in the Oscar race for best picture this year, including movies based on Emma Donoghue’s “Room” and Colm Tóibín’s “Brooklyn.” But among the hopeful novelists who will be closely watching Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, only one has negotiated a $1.3 trillion global trade deal.
That would be Michael Punke, the deputy United States Trade Representative and the United States ambassador to the World Trade Organization. In addition to being an international trade policy wonk, Mr. Punke is the author of “The Revenant,” a 2002 novel about a 19th-century American fur trapper’s epic struggle for survival in the wilderness, and the inspiration for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s film. The movie is up for 12 Oscars, including best picture, and has catapulted the novel onto the best-seller lists.