The long-standing plan was to release the Keanu Reeves headlined Hollywood 47 Ronin this Thanksgiving. Universal Pictures then picked up that tentpole and moved it into February 2013. Reshooting needs have pushed the classic samurai tale out again, this time to Christmas day.
The first delay was focused is on perfecting the 3D effect and added the spin that the delay allows them to take advantage of advertising the film through trailers displayed during the holiday.
This latest delay revolves around the need for a bit more re-shooting and visual effects work that is being done in London and couldn’t be executed while the Olympics were going on.
The epic, directed by Carl Erik Rinsch (short The Gift), based on a script by Hossein Amini (Drive) and Chris Morgan(The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Wanted) stars Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Jin Akanishi, and Tadanobu Asano. From the offical synopsis.
The troupe of banished samurai long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Asano, who is in theaters now as Hogun in Thor) who was responsible for the death of their master. Kai is the uneasy compatriot in their company and his standing will be questioned even more as he falls in love with Mika (Shibasaki), daughter of the fallen master. The film presents a quest where the ronin (the term for samurai with no master) face trials that test their mettle and their loyalty to one another.
While the 47 Ronin or Chushingura informed notions of samurai ethic in Japanese culture, there's plenty about the project that invites speculation that it's going to be a rather liberal interpretation of the material.