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Universal claims that director Carl Rinsch is still in control and editing 47 Ronin

Sep. 27, 2012by:

So, despite reports that he had essentially lost control of 47 RONIN, Universal is now changing their story and saying first time director Carl Rinsch is still in the driver's seat on the film.

The previous report stated while Rinsch "seemed creative and competent" during preproduction on the 3D samurai epic, he "struggled to control the filmmaking process... [and] buckled under the pressure of the ambitious shoot." The budget, once $175 million, has now "ballooned to $225 million," and Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley "is now overseeing the editing of the movie instead of the director." That does not sound like someone a studio would continue to leave in control of a huge motion picture.

Deadline is now reporting the complete opposite. According to them, Rinsch is actively editing 47 RONIN as we speak alongside studio representatives. Universal is also claiming Rinsch directed the reshoots and that the budget will stay under $200 million. Deadline goes on to explain where things "really" stand on the movie: the studio has taken a more active hand in the editing process on the Universal lot, which is unusual for that particular studio but hardly unheard of with a first-time director who doesn’t have final cut. Rinsch, a respected commercials and short film helmer who had the job of directing the Alien prequel until Ridley Scott took it and turned it into Prometheus, 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. But the reports he has been removed from the editing room and that he had 47 Ronin taken away from him are wrong, as far as I can see. And the studio is hardly trying to hide a bomb, not when it chose December 25, 2013 as the new release date.

Hollywood feels more and more like the NFL. Studios/team owners who want to save money go for the rookie instead of the veteran so that they can put more money into merchandising and ancillary promotions. But, when a rookie quarterback bombs out, you have a back-up to step in. Often times, even if your team stinks, NFL owners and players still make millions. With a movie, the chances of putting a big budget bomb (JOHN CARTER) can have repercussions that cost millions.

In either case, whether Universal is truly being honest about Rinsch remaining in control of 47 RONIN or if the movie is actually in deep trouble, we will find out come December 25, 2013. Unless they change the date again. In that case, the movie is f*cked.

Extra Tidbit: I still have zero desire to see this movie.
Source: Deadline

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2:48AM on 09/28/2012
I like Keanu Reeves. However, you've got to change your hairstyle, man! You look like Van Damme from "Hard Target".
I like Keanu Reeves. However, you've got to change your hairstyle, man! You look like Van Damme from "Hard Target".
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10:53PM on 09/27/2012
As much as i like Keanu, with him in the lead it just kills my desire to see this flick...
As much as i like Keanu, with him in the lead it just kills my desire to see this flick...
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8:19PM on 09/27/2012

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The 47 Ronin weren't noble as the legend says; they were the dregs of their profession.
The 47 Ronin weren't noble as the legend says; they were the dregs of their profession.
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5:19PM on 09/27/2012

can not wait for this film

sounds fantastic and the promo art that I've seen has looked great. Love the diverse cast as well and the new spin on the classic story. I'll be there for sure! And also, I would think it's safe to assume that the studio execs were all over this movie since day 1, you don't just let a first time feature film director take the reigns of an action fantasy blockbuster and do whatever he wants -- damn right there were people over his shoulder the whole time, that's just how it works especially for
sounds fantastic and the promo art that I've seen has looked great. Love the diverse cast as well and the new spin on the classic story. I'll be there for sure! And also, I would think it's safe to assume that the studio execs were all over this movie since day 1, you don't just let a first time feature film director take the reigns of an action fantasy blockbuster and do whatever he wants -- damn right there were people over his shoulder the whole time, that's just how it works especially for new comers. Anyways, can't wait for this one, I actually like the descriptions of the reshoots (apparently Keanu's character wasn't even in the final climax original, now he'll have his own specific battle at the end on top of the main battle with the other characters). Sounds like a great, unique and ambitious adventure, I am there! Fingers crossed it turns out well!
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