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'47 Ronin' Has 99 Problems & Firing its Director is One

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.

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Well Jaws, Apocalypse Now, Bladerunner and Titanic had problems too. Let's wait 'til the movie's out and figure THEN how good or bad it is. There's plenty of movies, already made and determined a bomb, for bloggers to hackle at.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

While all those movies you listed had their share of problems (Ridley Scott was even fired for a brief time by the producers), none of those movies ended with the studio coming in and editing the movie themselves.

The studios end game now is to salvage what they have and edit a movie that will hopefully make a profit. What we will get in return is something that mimics a music video or worse, a video game. We certainly won't get something that resembles a film.

Friday, September 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercraig dietz

Sometimes it saves us from an overindulgent director and what may be really awful is at least marketable. I think the idea of doing this story as an asian story but with an anglo cast is taking a lot of chances from the get-go. It's ten years since the 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon era of asian movies too. But the story of the 47 Robin is pretty timeless and has been done cinematically a number of times. If nothing else this may at least be an interesting stylistic exercise - like a music video - in the panopoly of these movies, and I'd rather wait to see what emerges out of the process, even as troubled as it would seem to be.

Friday, September 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

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