Universal Delays '47 Ronin' to Christmas 2013, 'JP' 3D Moves to April
Universal just put the first nail in the coffins of a few of their big 2013 movies. They're not going to like my complaints, but the news about the release dates they just set in 2013 has me concerned. Very concerned. Deadline reports that Universal has shifted Carl Rinsch's 47 Ronin, the Japanese martial arts fantasy action epic, from its February 2013 release all the way to Christmas Day 2013. Uh, really? It was already pushed back from this November to next February, and is now getting another major delay. Universal also rescheduled their Jurassic Park 3D re-release from next July to April, and have put the Ryan Reynolds action-comedy R.I.P.D. in that coveted late July (TDK) opening slot. But I don't think that's going to work.
Here's the full set of new 2013 dates from Universal (in chronological order): Identity Thief, directed by Seth Gordon starring Melissa McCarthy & Jason Bateman, is taking 47 Ronin's old spot of February 8th; next is Jurassic Park the 3D conversion in theaters April 5th; moving into the summer they have About Time, directed by Richard Curtis with Rachel McAdams, hitting May 10th; followed by Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass 2 arriving June 28th (one of the few that has a perfect date); then it's R.I.P.D., the comic book movie with Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges, on July 19th; plus 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg, on August 16th. Finally, 47 Ronin was pushed to December 25th, which is a terrible idea.
All these new dates, I personally feel, are pretty much guaranteeing flops. Argue as you must, and we've got plenty of time for marketing/footage to make a difference, but audiences can also sniff out problems and that's exactly what is going on here. We all know, without even needing to hear this, that 47 Ronin is in big trouble and under a lot of debate at the studio. Deadline confirms that "this delay revolves around the need for a bit of re-shooting and visual effects work that is being done in London and couldn’t be executed while the Olympics were going on." Indeed, the perfect cover. I am hopeful for all of these movies, especially 47 Ronin, I'm just very concerned looking at these dates they've chosen. Who the heck is running this studio?