Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer for the long anticipated fantasy/adventure 47 Ronin. The film suffered a troubled production, with its original release date set for November 21, 2012; then pushed to February 8, 2013; and pushed once again to this Christmas. First time director Carl Rinsch was hired to take on the project, with Universal entrusting Rinsch with a production budget of $170 million despite his lack of feature film experience. The Hollywood Reporter called this decision a “large-scale, downright risky” move. It proved to be, as rumor has it that Rinsch was removed from the editing room after producers were less than happy with what they saw.
So is 47 Ronin headed for a bomb of John Carter proportions? Or can it pull an audible like World War Z and overcome its production woes? More importantly, will it be any good? We’ll find out on December 25th.
In the meantime, here’s the trailer:
After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.