Carl Rinsch Directing 47 Ronin Instead of the Alien Prequel
by Alex Billington
November 17, 2009
Remember back in May, we reported that first-time feature director Carl Rinsch would supposedly be helming the Alien prequel that Fox was developing? If not that, you surely remember hearing about a project called 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves attached to star, right? Well, THR has confirmed today that instead of directing the Alien prequel (Ridley Scott himself is said to be directing that), Rinsch will make his feature debut with 47 Ronin, an epic period samurai swordsmen movie setup at Universal with producer Scott Stuber. According to Variety, Reeves is still attached to star. Universal wants this shooting right away.
47 Ronin tells the famous real life story of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenge the death of their master in 18th Century Japan. The script was tailored by Chris Morgan (of Wanted and Fast & Furious) so that the half-Asian Reeves can play one of the swordsmen. The film mixes the fantastical elements of films like Lord of the Rings with battle scenes on the order of Gladiator and 300. I really like the sound of that, but with Rinsch, it's hard to know what we're going to get with this. Despite having even seen some of his commercials, I still don't know what his style will be. Either way, I'm excited, this could be pretty awesome.