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Sad Keanu: ’47 Ronin’ Gets Pushed to 2013

Keanu Reeves at the Toronto International Film Festival
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’47 Ronin,’ the samurai action film starring Keanu Reeves, is on the move. Universal Pictures has bumped the movie from its November release date to next year — but there are different reasons floating around for the delay.

According to Deadline, the picture is being moved out of its original opening day of November 21st and is now set to arrive on February 8th, 2013. Although there have been rumors of reshoots, the word is that the studio wants more time to really make the film’s 3D shine, while also taking advantage of putting trailers for the movie in front of this year’s big year-end holiday releases.

The movie, which is set in the 18th century, stars Reeves as “Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi
(Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous
overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors,” according to the official synopsis.

’47 Ronin’ is being directed by Carl Erik Rinsch, a highly regarded director of commercials who is making his feature film debut on this project. You may recall that Rinsch was at one point slated to direct the ‘Alien’ prequel that eventually mutated into ‘Prometheus.’ At that point Rinsch stepped aside and Ridley Scott took over. Rinsch has also been attached in the past to remakes of ‘Logan’s Run’ and ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon.’

Do you buy the studio line on this or does ’47 Ronin’ sound like it’s in trouble?

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