If the name Carl Erik Rinsch sounds familiar to you, that’s because this up and coming filmmaker was once being touted as the director of the Alien prequel, before Ridley Scott decided to take over the reins himself. Now, however, Rinsch is in talks to make his feature film debut with another fairly high profile studio flick.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he has been hired to helm a movie called 47 Ronin for Universal. It’s a period action drama starring Keanu Reeves as the leader of a group of 18th century samurai hellbent on avenging the death of their master. The script was written by Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast & Furious), and apparently has no relation to Frank Miller’s Ronin, which is also in development.
Rinsch has an impressive body of work in TV commercials, and it will be interesting to see how he puts these skills to use in 47 Ronin. I’m guessing the thing that may turn some people off is the fact that Keanu is starring, but I’m not one to write the guy off… yet. Thoughts?