Has 47 Ronin’s budget ballooned to $225m?

News Simon Brew 20 Sep 2012 - 07:33

The upcoming Keanu Reeves film, 47 Ronin, has been delayed, has gone over budget, and it seems its director may have gone now, too…

On paper, 47 Ronin was always something of a gamble. Originally budgeted at around the $175m mark, the movie stars Keanu Reeves, and it brings a Japanese samurai tale to the big screen. The story in question sees a group of warriors looking to get revenge for the death of their master. It all sounds really quite promising.

The movie shot primarily last year, save for some reshoots that have been taking place over the last week or two. But it seems it might be in more trouble than first thought.

47 Ronin's release date has already been put back from its original planned November 2012 bow. First, it was bumped to February 2013, and more recently it was delayed again to December 2013. Furthermore, according to The Wrap, the film’s budget has shot up to $225m (something a Universal spokesperson questioned), and, perhaps more worryingly, its director has been removed from the editing of the film.

The director in question is Carl Rinsch, making his feature debut after a series of acclaimed commercials. But after overseeing the reshoots, which apparently beefed up Keanu Reeves’ role in the movie, the edit is now being overseen by others.

As you would expect, Universal hasn’t confirmed any of this. Furthermore, reshoots themselves are so commonplace on big productions that it’s hard to read too much into them. Yet there’s clearly a problem here, and while it may be a while for the full story to emerge, the continued delays for 47 Ronin do suggest problems. And not small ones.

Hopefully the finished film will come out of all of this in good shape…

The Wrap.

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That article on 'The Wrap' is a real doozy, and no mistake, what on earth possessed Universal to put a massive $175m epic into the hands of a music video director with absolutely no feature film credits whatsoever!? This whole thing is starting to remind me of the 'Alien 3' production, but at least that film had the best director of his generation directing proceedings - although we didn't know that at the time, granted - and the eventual film was a bold, daring, and superior piece of sci-fi, but unless Carl Rinsch is a true auteur and visionary, like David Fincher, this '47 Ronin' project is going to have the whiff of death surrounding it... not the best place to start an advertising and marketing campaign on; "please see this film, it's not as bad as you've heard, besides if you don't, we all lose our jobs at the studio", how about THAT for a blurb on the poster!?

$175m alone seems a huge gamble, let alone $225m. Not a franchise, not a hit tv show, not a best-selling book (in the West). Huge in Japan, sure, I'm familiar with both the historical fact and the mythical nature around it, but wow this is a big risk to commit such a huge sum of money on.

Piinch of salt time. I distinctly remember some rumours about the Dredd film and how Pete Travis was being locked out of the suite on that and Dredd is a corker.

Having just editors cutting a 1st feature is not the big deal it appears, editors can find / create story moments that weren't even shot. Especially on a story with so many characters and overlapping story threads. If he's shot the film with Michael Bay style coverage he might just need that break from the footage for his own sanity.

Audacious début for first feature though. Whatever happened to bashing out a horror as your calling card?

All that money for a Keanu Reeves film. Ugh.

I can't belive that 200+ million movies are becoming more and more common. I think everyone in Hollywood are looking at "Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises" and thinking big budget=big payoff, but they are forgetting that we also got "John Carter" and "Battleship" this year.

Michael Lonsdale has already covered this story perfectly during his one-on-one chat with Robert de Niro in Ronin. He even had little model Samurai to depict the scenes. I bet it cost a lot less than $225million. But then if we get to see Keanu Reeves trying to do an accent for a change instead of his usual drawl $225million sounds cheap.......for the comedy factor.

It will never be as good as the Two Ronins, Mr Corbett & Mr Barker will always be the best.

225 Million?

Are they making a japanese city from scratch?

why not. d U remember matrix? how many of you guys could tell the year after matrix release that matrix was going to be THE THING in years?

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