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Well, it looks like Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin is finally coming to screens. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves as man who joins a legendary group of warriors seeking vengeance for the murder of their master, has had a very long and difficult road to the big screen. Rumors of massive production problems have been circulating for some time but, with the release of four impressive character posters, it seems it’s almost time to judge the movie on its own. Read More »

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A few years ago, Universal announced a release date of November 2012 for 47 Ronin, Carl Rinsch‘s samurai epic starring Keanu Reeves. Then the studio pushed the date back to February 2013, then back again to Christmas 2013. As of now, months after that first 2012 date has passed, we’ve yet to see any footage for the movie. For that matter, we’ve barely seen any marketing at all, unless you count a couple of uninspired posters and some unfinished scenes shown at Cinema Con 2012.

That’s not technically changing today, but what we do have are some gorgeous posters that seem to have been created for that original 2012 opening. If these are any indication, the campaign for 47 Ronin will be damn gorgeous when it finally gets going. Check them out after the jump.

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Whipsers of trouble behind the scenes have plagued Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin ever since Universal bumped the film’s release from Fall 2013 to February 2013, and they only intensified when the studio moved the opening date yet again to Christmas 2013. Then last week, a report came out that seemed to confirm everything we’d feared. Describing the production process as “a nightmare,” the article claimed that the samurai epic’s budget had ballooned from $175 million to $225 million, and that the studio had wrested the project away from first-time feature director Rinsch.

But anonymous “individuals close to the project” are notoriously unreliable, and now other inside sources are denying that the situation is as bad as all that. According to this new story, Rinsch has not been pulled off the project, and in fact has been holed up in the editing room all week. Moreover, the budget remains under $200 million including the reshoots. Read more after the jump.

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When the Keanu Reeves samurai epic 47 Ronin was pushed from Fall 2012 to February 2013, some feared that the movie was troubled. The studio denied problems, saying the film needed more time to finish visual effects. Ronin was surprisingly absent from Comic Con, reshoots in full swing, and the release date was pushed back again (this time to Christmas 2013) which got even more people speculating about troubles between the studio and the commercial filmmaker turned first time feature director. And now a report claims that Universal has pulled director Carl Erik Rinsch from the editing room, and is now being overseen by Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley.

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2013 won’t even start for another four months, and Universal’s already shaking it up. The studio just announced a slew of scheduling changes for next year, some minor and some not so minor.

The most significant shift is the one for Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, which you may recall was originally scheduled to open this fall before Universal moved it into February 8, 2013. Now it’s moving yet again, to Christmas 2013. It’s well known that the 3D samurai epic has suffered its share of behind-the-scenes issues, so the ten-month delay can’t help but raise a few eyebrows. On the other hand, studios tend to reserve those ultra-competitive year-end slots for their most promising titles.

Also set for new dates are Jurassic Park 3D, Identity Theft, R.I.P.D., 2 Guns, Oblivion, Rush, and more. Hit the jump for details.

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We haven’t seen much so far from 47 Ronin, the film that Carl Erik Rinch directed with Keanu Reeves, as a semi-remake of a story that has been filmed in Japan several times. We know the movie also features Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi, and we know that it is an effects-heavy 3D affair. In fact, the release was just pushed back a couple months, reportedly so more work can be done on the final effects renders.

Yesterday Jeff Snider from Variety tweeted about info on a test screening of the film, but along with that he shot out a low-res image of a poster for the film. The banded image features four character portraits, with text labels Outsider, Demon, Witch and Savage. All combined, that contributes to our understanding that this take on the story is fairly different from previously filmed versions.

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Thursday afternoon at CinemaCon, Universal Pictures presented footage, clips and trailers from their upcoming 2012 line-up and beyond. Included in the presentation were clips from Snow White and the Huntsman, Oliver Stone‘s Savages, Seth MacFarlane‘s TED, The Bourne Legacy, Les Miserables, Judd Apatow‘s This Is 40, Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, and R.I.P.D.. Per usual, I recorded a video blog after the presentation with Alex from FirstShowing and Frosty from Collider. We give our reactions to the footage without spoilers or in depth descriptions. Watch the video blog now embedded after the jump.

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Once slated for mid-November this year, the new 3D version of the classic samurai story 47 Ronin will have to wait for February 2013 to play for audiences. Universal has pushed the film back to February 8, 2013, without citing any specific reason. (As is usually the case with date changes.) The new opening date places it against the Nicholas Sparks film Safe Haven, and a week before A Good Day to Die Hard. Read More »

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