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Director removed after 47 Ronin budget spirals out of control

September 20th, 2012 by Marc Comments

47 Ronin was a movie we were looking forward to, but now it appears the movie is stuck in production hell

Carl Rinsch, a director who mostly worked on ads previously, was announced as the director of the Keanu Reeves starrer which told the story of an 18th century group of samurai who set out to avenge the murder of their master in a world full of witches, giants and monsters. Sounds great.

Now however,  Co-chairwoman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley has been drafted in to edit the film, after its costs are thought to have rocketed to $225 million from the budgeted $175 million due to extensive reshoots. The fear is that the movie will now have to earn back half a billion dollars just to break even.

The Wrap is saying that crew members are saying the production has been a ‘nightmare’ and that Rinsch ”buckled under the pressure of the ambitious shoot’ as he never worked in such a big production before.

The movie was originally set for November this year, but has been put back to December 25, 2013.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….