To say that the 47 Ronin has had a tough go of it trying to get in front of a paying audience might be a bit of an understatement. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves as one of these samurai who seek to avenge the death of their master, was scheduled to come out this November. Then it was pushed to Feb 2013, only to be pushed again to Dec 2013. After recently going through a round of re-shoots, Universal has now taken the director, Carl Rinsch, out of the editing room…permanently.
With anything of this nature, there is a lot of conjecture floating around as to what is really going on. The movie's budget may have ballooned up to $225 million. The director may have cracked under the pressure of trying to make such a big budget tentpole for a big studio and Universal may have wanted to get rid of the Rinsch a lot sooner but couldn’t because of DGA regulations.
And now it looks as it Universal Co-Chairwomen Donna Langley is overseeing the editing of the movie. Wow, who out there is excited to see this movie now?
If history has proven anything, it’s when things like this start to happen, the movie almost always ends up being a bit of a turd. Take a look at The Wolfman, 13th Warrior ,Waterworld , Wild Wild West, Burn Hollywood Burn and more recently World War Z to name a few. The future does not look bright for 47 Ronin.
I guess we can play the “let’s wait until we actually see the movie to pass judgement” and this movie may buck the trend, but when the studio starts getting heavily involved, one word can only come to mind: Disaster.
As of right now, 47 Ronin is scheduled for release December 2013. Don’t hold your breath though, it may move yet again.