Chushingura, Hollywood Style

Mark Mays tetsuwan at
Tue Dec 9 10:20:12 EST 2008


I was just reading about this. Oh, the pain, the pain. So, will Sanada,
Yakusho, or Watanabe (or all three) be in this as well? Maybe the kid from


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Subject: Chushingura, Hollywood Style


Variety reports a Hollywood remake of Chushingura is in the works. Keanu
Reeves will star, so a director should fall into place. It's to be written
by Chris Morgan, whose credits include mostly genre films-including Sakura:
Blue-eyed Samura, which is in post-production. Here's a synopsis from imdb:


Set in Japan in 1866, centers on an American counsel who travels to the land
of the rising sun where his daughter Sakura, which means cherry blossom, is
learning the way of the samurai. 


You can get a sense for where he's taking the story in the last graph below.
And from the graph just above that, you can imagine the pitch, except the
part where they project a new franchise of 46 sequels. 






Keanu Reeves to lead '47 Ronin'

 <javascript:zodInfuser.FillDescriptions('Chris%20Morgan');> Chris Morgan to
tml?dataSet=1> Universal feature


et=1> Keanu Reeves will star in
"47 Ronin," an epic period film for Universal Pictures based on the true
tale of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenged the death of their master in
18th century Japan.


Reeves stars in sci-fi remake
Stood%20Still.html?dataSet=1> "The Day the Earth Stood Still," which Fox
bows Friday.

In "47 Ronin," he will play one of the swordsmen; the group and their master
are revered in Japan for their revenge attack on Dec. 14, 1702.

The film will tell a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements
of the sort seen in
gs.html?dataSet=1> "The Lord of the Rings" pics, with gritty battle scenes
akin to those in films such as
<javascript:zodInfuser.FillDescriptions('%22Gladiator.%22');> "Gladiator."

Morgan is writing the script and tailoring it so that Reeves -- who's
half-Asian -- can fit the role as one of the swordsmen. The intention is to
begin shooting next year after a director is hired.


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