Carl Rinsch To Direct ’47 Ronin’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 11:27 am,

47 ronin 570x370 Carl Rinsch To Direct 47 Ronin

If you don’t know Carl Rinsch’s name, he is the young protegĂ© (and potential son-in-law) of acclaimed directors Ridley and Tony Scott. Rinsch’s name first surfaced on the movie blog radar when Sir Ridley tapped him on the shoulder to direct the upcoming Alien prequel that 20th Century Fox is developing. The studio has since nixed that arrangement, insisting that Ridley himself direct the new Alien.

Well, it seems as though Carl Rinsch has managed to land on his feet: He’ll be helming 47 Ronin, a samurai historical epic being developed by Universal and producers Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy, starring Keanu “Whoa” Reeves in the lead.

Rinsch’s filmography consists mainly of “futuristic” TV commercial work (Heineken, BMW), but if the Scott brothers took him under wing (and into their household) then there has got to be some potential there. Remember, District 9 director Neil Blomkamp was “just a TV commercial director” not too long ago…

With 47 Ronin, Rinsch will be tackling the legendary true tale of a band of 47 samurai in the 18th Century, who embark on a perilous mission to avenge their slain master. My guess is Reeves will be playing the head of the samurai clan (masterless samurai were called “ronin”, BTW). 47 Ronin is a pretty famous story and (if I’m reading this correct) this latest take will be a remake of a remake


While the premise sounds like a Seven Samurai-esque epic with a lot of kick-ass potential, it is ironic to hear that Rinsch – touted as a “futuristic wunderkid” – is attached to a historical epic. Maybe there are some wild plans for the visual style of the film? Maybe this is simply a training exercise to see what Rinsch is capable of? Too early to tell…

What do you think about Carl Rinsch being attached to 47 Ronin? Does it sound like a good project for the young director, or, based on his commercials, would you expect him to be helming  a sci-fi project instead?

No word yet on when 47 Ronin will be in theaters.

Source: THR

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  1. You had me until Keanu.

  2. so what is this going to be another “Last Samurai” movie

    Keanu Reeves is not even Japanese lol

  3. Every other site describes it as a fantasy epic. This is where confusion with the futuristic director and Keanu comes from. It isn’t a historical Kurosawa samurai movie. Universal says it wants “Lord of the Rings” meets “Gladiator” meets “300″. I have no idea if they can pull it off, but that is what Universal wants. To me it sounds cool. I like the fantastical elements, but other people are complaining about putting “magic” into the story and just want a historical samurai movie. That sounds dull to me since I’ve already seen that and Hollywood isn’t going to do that better than the Japanese movies that have already tackled it. But the story hasn’t been done as a fantasy epic yet, which is something Hollywood does really well. So I’m looking forward to this version.

  4. @Travis

    he may not be Japanese, but thats called acting.

    And I liked The Last Samurai

  5. lmao first tom cruise is the “last samurai”

    and now keanu reeves is the next “last samurai”

    and both are about as white as white can get.

    anyone see sam moody pull that joke on chapelles show about tom cruise being the last samurai

    lol, hollywood is funny

  6. Keanu Reeves is as white as Barack Obama. Both had white mothers and fathers “of color”. But people are so familiar with Keanu, they don’t even register it anymore. You may remember that at the beginning of his career there were a whole lot of fru-fru celeb articles trying to pin down his race, with a lot erroneously concluding Native American. But it didn’t matter. He played white roles and was accepted as a white person. That is quite a breakthrough, since just looking at a picture of him, you can tell he is mixed blood. It’s just hard to tell what the mixture is. I think the definition of white in the US is broadening, with a generational shift, to include Polynesians, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, and light skinned races in general. It used to be not even Greeks or Italians were considered white.