Just before Keanu Reeves became a successful actor again thanks to the John Wick franchise, the actor starred in 2013’s ‘The Legend of the Samuri (47 Ronin)’, a Universal Pictures film that was a failure. Despite this, Deadline reports the studio has given the green light to a sequel to the film to be directed by ‘Muln’ star Ron Yuan.
The new film will be set 300 years in the future, in an exotic cyberpunk world that will offer a reinvention of both the first film and the original material. In addition, the film incorporates elements of horror along with its modern samurai and ninja elements.
« I am incredibly excited to be working with Universal and the production team on this film of a mix of genres, martial arts, action, horror and cyberpunk, » said Yuan. « This will be an exciting, intense and fun ride for viewers around the world. »
The sequel will be produced by John Orlando, Share Stallings and Tim Kwowk, with Universal 1440 Entertainment also attached to produce for the original studio and Netflix set to distribute the film. The intention is to start production in early 2021.
Carl Eric Rinsch debut in directing with this film written by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini. Set in 18th century Japan, Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who teams up with Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they will try to take revenge on the traitor who killed their master and condemn them to exile. To restore honor to their homeland, warriors set out on a quest plagued with ordeals capable of destroying anyone else.
The film was a notorious failure for Universal, with very bad reviews and a gross that barely reached 150 million dollars for a budget of 175 million, which made it one of the biggest box office flops in history.