Keanu Reeves’ comeback film ’47 Ronin’ reportedly a ‘nightmare’
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Rivaling the grandiosity of his successful "Matrix" trilogy, Reeves' "47 Ronin" retells one of Japan's most well-known samurai stories. Starring an all-Japanese cast except for Reeves (who is part Asian), it is the biggest film production he has been involved with since his last "Matrix" movie in 2003 (though he has appeared in several other smaller films since then).
The film is undoubtedly testing Hollywood's increasingly conservative sensibilities with its casting, story and production choices. Universal, the studio making "47 Ronin," is likely being particularly careful in the wake of "Battleship" bombing at the box office -- in an industry that has grown overly-careful in an effort to appeal to the broadest of audiences.
Reeves himself acknowledged the daunting undertaking just last month: "It's an ambitious film in theme and it's ambitious in its scale and I think it's something special. It's really historical, fantastical. It's big, you know, it's like revenge, love, honor, and outsider. So, it's a kind of eastern-Western, um, yeah, story" [via STV]. He went on to hint at the film's lengthy production: "It does take time and care, so they're taking time and care [laughs]," he said, seemingly referring to the filmmakers of "47 Ronin".
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The film's release date has also been postponed more than once. It was originally supposed to land in theaters November 21, but was pushed to February 8, 2013. Just last month Universal pushed the date even further forward to December 25, 2013.