Is Carl Rinsch Still Working on ’47 Ronin’?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

47 ronin director carl rinsch Is Carl Rinsch Still Working on 47 Ronin?

Carl Rinsch is the latest commercial helmer to have been entrusted with a big-budget studio production – the 3D Samurai epic 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves – following in the footsteps of Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy). The former is a protegé of Ridley Scott who was going to helm the Alien prequel (before Scott turned it into Prometheus) and was onboard to direct a Logan’s Run remake, before he abandoned that project in favor of Reeves’ Japanese blockbuster instead.

Reports emerged last week claiming that Rinsch’s term serving as the director on 47 Ronin was a rough one, so much that Universal pulled him off the project once reshoots were complete. However, we’re now getting conflicting reports stating that Rinsch remains actively involved with post-production on the film.

It became apparent that 47 Ronin was having problems when Universal pushed the film back from an originally-planned November launch date to a not-encouraging February release. The studio delayed it once again a few months later, setting the Reeves vehicle to debut during the competitive (but more-promising) Winter Holiday Season in 2013. Nonetheless, the question remains: was that move a sign of increased confidence, or meant to allow more time for Universal to salvage the project?

The latest from Deadline indicates the answer may, in fact, be ‘both.’ Rinsch, according to the site, has not been kicked out of the editing room on 47 Ronin, but has been working closely alongside Universal for the past week. Moreover, “studio sources” are asserting the film’s budget will not cross $200 million, despite last week’s report that the cost has already ballooned past $225 million. As the article puts it:

“[Universal] has taken a more active hand in [editing], which is unusual for that particular studio but hardly unheard of with a first-time director who doesn’t have final cut. Rinsch… has opinions as strong as his visual sense. That doesn’t endear one to the crew, which is probably how these rumors get started. He’s new to the game of mounting a huge film and the studio has every right to protect an investment that is at least a $175 million 3D film…”

Now, it’s no secret that big-budget studio fare isn’t always fun to make (see José Padilha’s struggle with the RoboCop remake, for proof of that). Dredd 3D, however, is an excellent example of a film that endured what was rumored to be a terse post-production, but has become a critical favorite – though, weak box office makes that a silver lining – and Deadline points out last year’s critical and financial hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes as another “rumored tough shoot.”

47 Ronin, in other words, is neither doomed to become another costly flop, nor is it guaranteed to prove lucrative enough for Universal to make its investment back. Production woes aside, though, there are enough parallels between 47 Ronin and Snow White – both are Universal projects helmed by a commercial director, with a script co-written by Hossein Amini – to suggest Rinsch’s film, like Sander’s, might just end up occupying that frustrating middle-ground (in terms of quality).

How about it – do you think 47 Ronin will or won’t prove to be worth all the fuss?


Source: Deadline

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  1. I am no movie producer or studio executive but it seems very sketchy that you would hire a dude to direct a 175 million plus project when his only experience is commercials. That is like hiring a middle school football coach to coach in the NFL. Very risky. Based on all the news I will have to read reviews to even attempt to see this movie in theaters. Movie’s cost too much to do otherwise these days.

    • Some of the greats started out in commercials, both Scotts and fincher to name a few. but this is a big project for a debut film. we Will see what happens

    • Or a replacement ref to ref an NFL game. Most of us know how that game last Monday night turned out.

  2. I don’t know anymore… this is the oddest duck-of-a-movie that I’ve seen in a long time.
    Guess the only thing to do is cross my fingers and hope for the best… :(

  3. Once the movie is good thats all I care about. Keanu has been absent onscreen for far too long.

    • There is a reason for that.

      • Hey the guy isn’t a top class actor but he does good in the roles he takes and actually yea he was off doing other stuff :P If all goes according to plan we should get a double dose of Keanu next year.

  4. I keep forgetting what exactly this movie is about.

  5. Given what we know I think the article calls it. But hey I hope it does so well that they immediately go into sequelitis, anything to keep Keanu away from ‘Cowboy Bebop’..

    • He’s admitted he’s too old for it now after so long but I’ll admit I was looking forward to it, the guy flew all the way to japan to get the producers approval and agreement to work on it. Ah well maybe Levitt can fill in?

      • Joseph Gordon Levitt is te new Keanu

  6. Really you never heard of the 47 ronin boogoo well let me tell you
    It’s a real life story where couple hundred years a lord insulted a man and because of this he was executed his soldier in his command where made into ronin where they planned revenge where they spread out and reform three years later in that period of some faked being drunkards some left their families. When they decided to exact revenge they made a deal to only go after their boss rival who was seen as very corrupt man

  7. Look on Wikipedia it’s a very famous legendary story in Japan the 47 ronin are seen as heroes for against tyranny