THE MOVIE: Directed by newcomer Carl Rinsch and starring Keanu Reeves, 47 Ronin is an 18th century set story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master. Ichi the Killer star Tadanobu Asano, Battle Royale actress Kou Shibasaki, Twilight Samurai lead Hiroyuki Sanada, and Assault Girls Rinko Kikuchi have parts in the remake of this classic tale of ronin. The film is expected to be out Christmas 2013 in 3D.
Updates: Collider uploaded the general premise behind this take on 47 Ronin. In short, Keanu plays a “half-breed” named Kai who teams up with Sanada’s ronin character to take on Lord Kira (played by Asano), the perp who murdered their master.
Kikuchi revealed she plays a witch in the film. | THR suggests the film’s suffered from cost overruns and tensions on the set, but that Uni execs like what they see of the dailies. | The Playlist reports that Atticus Ross, who collaborated with with Trent Reznor on the soundtracks for The Social Network, will be scoring 47 Ronin. | New teaser poster. | Rumors indicate that Universal is ordering reshoots in order to make Keanu Reeves’ character come across as more heroic, as well as to strengthen the love subplot and improve the final battle.
The Wrap reports that director Carl Rinsch has been kicked out of the editing room and Universal co-chairwoman, Donna Langley, is now overseeing the editing (apparently, she’s helping to add a love scene and additional dialogue). In addition, the production’s budget has soared from $175 million to $225 million.
Universal has been quiet lately but some new promotional artwork turned up today, although the posters are dated for last year. Look for a glimpse of the controversial ‘monster’ that Keanu has to fight, a deviation from the original movie’s storyline. | First trailer is here! | International trailer and poster. | New UK trailer. | Japanese theatrical poster. | International trailer. | New trailer, courtesy of Yahoo. | New international trailer. | Newest North American trailer.
BREAKING NEWS: Head over to Film Combat Syndicate for two new clips.