It's been a notable year for beleaguered productions, but Paramount has had that market cornered for most of the summer between "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "World War Z." However, Universal is now making all the wrong headlines with "47 Ronin," its Keanu Reeves vehicle that fictionally recounts the true story of a group of 18th century Japanese samurai warriors.
Reports indicate that Universal has removed director Carl Erik Rinsch from the editing room as the film's budget has ballooned to $250 million. According to The Wrap, Rinsch "buckled under the pressure of the ambitious shoot," which lead to the studio stepping in to "micromanage the latest round of reshoots from half a world away."
The news is the latest in a long line of troubling news for the fantasy epic. Originally slated for release this fall, the film was pushed back to February, but its marketing presence has been nonexistent for a film with such a blockbuster budget.
Instead, the film's only been notorious for its troubled production, as it's endured reshoots and now this latest controversy. Some other sources are denying this latest report, and it's true that such reshoots are typically the norm for major studio films; however, it's difficult to deny that the film isn't shaping up to Universal's liking.
In fact, that last round of reshoots involved getting Reeves's protagonist involved in the action more. Previously, he'd been all but absent from the climax, and it'll be interesting to see if Universal opts to end the film differently from the original legend. As Devin Faraci notes, doing so would substantially change the point of the story.
The film is set to be Rinsch's feature film debut, and it hasn't been the most auspicious of starts, as "47 Ronin" will now need to make about $500 million at the box office in order to just break even if the reported budget is accurate.
At this time, the film is set for release next Christmas, where it'll clash with the likes of the second "Hobbit" film, which will make that uphill battle even more difficult.
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