Michael Punke Banned From Talking About Book for Job Reasons

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

Bestselling author Michael Punke‘s book, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, was adapted into a movie this year, but he’s not allowed to talk about it.

The story, which is a work of historical fiction based on the American frontiersman Hugh Glass, was published in 2002 and adapted into a film in 2015 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. The author, however is not allowed to speak publicly about the movie or book because of his job as deputy U.S. trade representative and ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Switzerland. The Washington Post has the scoop:

In fact, he wasn’t even allowed to talk about “The Revenant” for this article. Federal ethics rules prohibit him from doing any side work — even a little promotional campaign — that might enrich him and potentially abuse his high-ranking office in the process.