Not so much as old news, but people have known for a while that a sequel to 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves is coming to Netflix. However, months have passed and more information has dropped. With that, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming sequel, Blade of the 47 Ronin.
What is Blade of the 47 Ronin all about?
Blade of the 47 Ronin revolves around the fiction that is an 18th-century samurai living in Japan. In 2013, the first movie was released under the direction of Carl Rinsch alongside Universal Pictures which released the movie with H2F Entertainment, Relatively Media, and Stuber Productions. The latter might prove to be the most crucial of all as Scott Stuber now heads the movie division of the streaming giant. What a turn of events, that is.
Though we’re gassed about the sequel, the reputation of 47 Ronin doesn’t really warrant one. In fact, it comes as surprising, if anything, considering how the 2013 movie has gone down pretty badly during the box office. Reportedly, the movie has lost $175 million. Despite a great plot, a big budget, and mostly Keanu Reeves, the movie still failed to reach its maximum potential.
Maybe this upcoming sequel plans to redeem it. Therefore, let’s dig up what we can to support the cause. At first, Blade of the 47 Ronin wasn’t titled as elegantly. It was just 47 Ronin Sequel previously.
The story of Blade of the 47 Ronin is set 300 years into the cyberpunk future. According to the logline, this will be a fresh and reimagined take on the original. To spice things up, the sequel will be incorporating some horror with modern samurai and ninja elements. Looks like they’re really going for the gusto here and are moving to prove the doubters wrong. We’ll be hot on their trails either way.
Who are attached to Blades of 47 Ronin?
In August of 2020, the film was reported to be in development and revealed that Disney’s Mulan’s Ron Yuan would be directing the sequel. The production is headed by Universal’s 1440 arm which is actually their B-tier offshoot that producer the more lower-budget of movies. Some of the titles that they’ve worked on include the likes of Doom: Annihilation, basically most of the Tremors movies, and Dragonheart: Vengeance. Alongside Universal, Convergence Entertainment with producers Tim Kwok, John Orlando, and Share Stallings are also attached to the sequel.
As for the stars, it was revealed last April 2021 that Netflix’s Lucifer star Aimee Garcia will be in collaborating with author AJ Mendez for the film. This isn’t the first time Garcia and Mendez have teamed up as they were recently co-authors for Netflix’s GLOW.
According to ProductionWeekly, the movie is set to start its production and filming in Malaysia in September 2021.