Movie News

Trouble for Uni’s 47 Ronin : Budget Swells, Director shut out of editing

Trouble for Uni’s 47 Ronin : Budget Swells, Director shut out of editing

Trouble for Universal’s “47 Ronin”, with the heftily-budgeted film apparently cutting it’s director free this week. The samurai movie starring Keanu Reeves – a samurai warrior who leads the charge against the man who murdered his group’s master – is hitting Universal’s bank hard, with the budget said to be a frightening $225 million. As a result, the studio has locked director Carl Rinsch out of the editing room and will be ‘taking it from here’.

Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley is now said to be in charge in the editing suite, not commercials director Rinsch.

TheWrap, quoting an anonymous insider, reports :

The movie wrapped up a series of reshoots in London about one week ago, the purpose of which was to recapture key close-ups of lead actor Keanu Reeves and put him back in the center of the action in the film’s most climactic scene.

The individual described the production process as a “nightmare.”

Factoring in both the budget and the millions the studio will spend to market the film, Universal would need more than half a billion dollars at the global box office just to break even.

A Universal executive disputed that figure and said the budget had not veered from its original $175 million figure, despite the reshoots.

But there is no doubt that the production has been a mess.

An individual close to the movie, which is co-produced by Scott Stuber, Pamela Abdy and Eric McLeod, said that the director, a veteran of Heineken and BMW commercials on his first feature film, had buckled under the pressure of the ambitious shoot of “47 Ronin,” and the studio had to step in to micromanage the latest round of reshoots from half a world away.

The studio was dissatisfied with the movie it saw coming together and seized control from Rinsch.

One individual with knowledge of the production said Rinsch, who during preproduction seemed creative and competent, struggled to control the filmmaking process. The studio then stepped in to oversee the project from Los Angeles, taking charge of the editorial development, including the cut of the film.

Firing Rinsch was not a possibility, as the Directors Guild of America requires that if a director completes physical production he must also take part in the reshoots. But with the reshoots done, the director was then pushed aside.

Marginalized in the initial sequences was Reeves, the lone actor well-known in the U.S. Universal opted to reshoot a major fight scene near the end of the film, as well as a few other scenes to sharpen the focus on Reeves’ character Kai.

Kai was not even present in the final battle scene, whereas the new scene pits Kai against a supernatural creature.

In addition, the studio added a love scene, close-ups and individual lines to boost Reeves’ presence.

In April, the studio moved it to February 2013, citing the need for work on the 3D visual effects. Then Universal pushed it into December 2013 to account for the reshoots and post-production.

“47 Ronin” is definitely going to be a movie to watch in 2013 – or at least, a movie that’s going to spur interest, if even for the wrong reasons.

Share this story!Share on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisBuffer this pagePrint this pageShare on LinkedIn
(Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)
Movie News

Australian living in Los Angeles, working in Public Relations and Publishing. Favourite films include "Romancing the Stone", "The Notebook", "The Dark Knight", "Muriel's Wedding" and "Jerry Maguire". Was asked to come onboard Moviehole after filling-in for one of the site's permanent writers.

More in Movie News

FARGO "The Heap" -- Episode 108 -- Airs Tuesday, June 3, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: (L-R) Keegan-Michael Key as Agent Budge, Jordan Peele as Agent Pepper -- CR: Chris Large/FX

Key and Peele will end after current season

AshJul 27, 2015
arrives at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

Michael B. Jordan to star in Just Mercy adaptation

AshJul 25, 2015
will-smith-jay-z

Will Smith, Jay Z developing real-life HBO miniseries

AshJul 25, 2015
veep

Veep stars developing college football comedy

AshJul 25, 2015
sandra

Our Brand Is Crisis gets awards-season release date

AshJul 25, 2015
Actor Garret Dillahunt arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 26, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA United States
February 26, 2011
Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

To license this image (63699099), contact WireImage.com

Garret Dillahunt joins Rounding Third

AshJul 25, 2015
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 30:  Naomi Campbell poses during a photo call for Australian TV show, "The Face of Australia"  at Carriage Works on November 30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Naomi Campbell checks in to American Horror Story: Hotel

AshJul 25, 2015
mission-impossible-rogue-nation-hunt-hostage_1920.0

Mission : Impossible – Rogue Nation : The Reviews Are In!

ClintJul 25, 2015
judygreer

Ant-Man actress nabs tiny role in Masters of Sex

Editorial StaffJul 25, 2015