Unless someone is invited to go to set by a studio, actors rarely talk in public during the filming of a major Hollywood motion picture. Keanu Reeves, however, who is currently shooting Universal’s 3D action film 47 Ronin, directed by Carl Erik Rinsch, took some time off from shooting the film to speak to the Los Angeles Times. He’d just finished 34 days of shooting in Budapest, Hungary with the production now scheduled to move to London, England. During the discussion, Reeves dropped several new nuggets of information about the film, scheduled for release November 2012, including what language it would be in, his character motivations and more. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
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Keanu Reeves is currently shooting the epic period samurai film 47 Ronin, directed by acclaimed commercial director and Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch. Based on a true 18th Century Japanese story, the film follows a band of samurai swordsmen who are shamed into becoming the titular ronin — a Japanese word meaning lord-less samurai, and must avenge the death of their master. They construct a huge plan and sacrifice everything to see it through. Wanted screenwriter Chris Morgan has described the project as a “great, Gladiator-esque, 300-like big action movie with samurai and ninja.” Reeves recently talked with MTV, and described the movie as “kind of a western”.
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[UPDATE: This original story has been updated with an official press release, plot description, character names and high resolution cast photo. Check it all out after the jump.]
With Keanu Reeves set to star in Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, by my math, still leaves about 46 Ronin to be cast. The 3D production is heating up and Variety is reporting that four more roles have been cast. Japanese actors Tadanobu Asano, Kou Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi and Hiroyuki Sanada have all joined the film.
Asano is familiar to film geeks for his roles in Ichi the Killer, Mongol and Zatoichi among many others, plus he’s got a two big movies coming up, Thor and Battleship. Shibasaki was in Go, Battle Royale and the original One Missed Call. Kikuchi is known to American audiences from her leading roles in Babel and The Brothers Bloom and Sanada is best known for roles in The Last Samuari, Sunshine and as Dogen in the final season of Lost. Ken Watanabe was rumored to be a part of the film, but that is still just a rumor.
Read more about Rinsch’s 47 Ronin, scheduled for release Thanksgiving 2012, and this casting after the jump. Read More »
Though it started as a very insider thing, The Black List has recently become more popular and mainstream. For those who may not know, it’s an annual list of the year’s best unproduced screenplays as voted on by about 300 Hollywood development executives and high-level assistants. We recently posted the 2010 list and looking back at some previous years (2007, 2008, 2009), films such as Recount, The Beaver and The Social Network all sat near the top of the list. Skim over any of them and you’ll see names of films that are out, are coming out and more. It’s a big deal.
This year, a new Black List of sorts has come out. Dubbed Viewfinder, it’s supposed to do for directors what The Black List did for screenwriters. Viewfinder is a compilation of “the top commercials, shorts and/or music videos of 2010.” Several of the directors on the list already have deals or are in production on films. We’ve even written about a few of them on /Film. For others, though, this could be their big break. After the jump, check out the full list and link to the page where you can watch all the videos including the #1 film on the list, Ricardo de Montreuil’s The Raven, seen above. Read More »
Universal Pictures has confirmed that commercial director and Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch ‘s big screen debut 47 Ronin will be produced, shot, and released in 3D. Keanu Reeves stars in the epic period samurai film 47 Ronin (not to be confused with the adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel Ronin). Rinsch’s decision to shoot the movie in 3D shouldn’t come as a huge surprise as the filmmaker was planning to shoot Logan’s Run in 3D.
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Much like the characters in Logan’s Run, it seems directors of the proposed remake have a limited shelf-life too. Commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch had been attached to directed a remake of the 1976 feature film but has now left the project, which he was developing to shoot in 3D, to concentrate on Universal’s 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves. This once again leaves Warner Brothers and producers Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman without someone to direct the script by Alex Garland. Directors such as Bryan Singer, Robert Schwentke and Joseph Kosinski have all previously been attached to direct the remake. Read more after the jump. Read More »
In April, Philips released their collaboration between five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates, called Parallel Lines. Scott’s commercial division RSA was asked to create a series of short films in a genre of their choice, using “the same unifying theme.” RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim.
Carl Erik Rinsch‘s futuristic action thriller short film The Gift was the leader of the pack, spawning a bidding war between several big Hollywood movie studios to turn the short film into a feature. We even broke more information about the project, titled Small, and posted some leaked concept renderings. News broke over the weekend that Rinsch’s The Gift has won the inaugural Gold Film Craft Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in Cannes.
Parallel Lines also received a Grand Prix for Direction, marking the second consecutive year a Philips campaign has received the jury’s highest accolade, and the first back-to-back awarding of a Lions Grand Prix to a brand.
Read the full press release after the jump.
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A remake of Logan’s Run or, more properly, a new adaptation of William F. Noland and George Clayton Johnson‘s novel, has been in the works for a long time. Warner Bros. and Joel Silver are now moving ahead with a 3D take on the story, to be directed by Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch.
Now WB and Silver are primed to hire a screenwriter: Alex Garland, who previously scripted 28 Days Later and Sunshine, among other films. Read More »