Keanu Reeves Gets a Director for His Samurai Movie, 47 Ronin
11.19.09 by Ryan
Take the movie 300, mix in samurais and Keanu Reeves, and that's basically 47 Ronin, Universal's actioner about the fact-based story of a band of samurais that join together to avenge their master's death in 18th-century Japan.
Variety reports that Universal is close to bringing newcomer Carl Eric Rinsch on board to direct. Before Hollywood came knocking, Rinsch directed commercials, and was once set to direct the prequel to Alien — until Ridley Scott decided to return. Clearly Universal thinks highly of Rinsch to give him such an effects-heavy, high-budget movie for his debut.
Chris Morgan (Wanted) wrote the 47 Ronin script, and especially tailored it so that Reeves, who is half-Asian, could play one of the samurai swordsman. Does that mean that after Reeves wins a fight, he does a celebratory air-guitar jam?