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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Carl Erik Rinsch debuts the "47 Ronin"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Carl Erik Rinsch is a commercial director known to shoot commercials with excellent creativity, imagination and cool visual effects, and finally now he is able to use his genius to make his feature directorial debut.

Variety says that Rinsch is nearing a deal with Universal Pictures to direct big budget epic period samurai swordsmen tale "47 Ronin," which will star Keanu Reeves.

The movie is based on a true story about Forty-seven Ronin (known as Chushingura) with mission to avenge their master's unjustly execution. In Japan, it was popularized in numerous plays including bunraku and kabuki. The play has been made into movies and TV series many times starting from 1910, including the 1994 movie starring Ken Takakura, titled "The 47 Ronin." And just 2 weeks ago in Japan, Warner Japan announced that the studio will produce director Shigemichi Sugita's "The Last Chushingura."

Writer Chris Morgan "Wanted" tailor-made the script for Reeves to play one of the swordsmen.

Stuber Pictures' Scott Stuber is producing the movie alongside Pam Abdy, while Walter Hamada and Chris Fenton are executive producing.

Rinsch, a commercial director for Ridley and Tony Scott's company RSA, was originally tapped to direct a prequel to "Aliens," until Ridley Scott decided to direct the franchise movie instead.

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