Future Cyber-Punk ‘47 Ronin’ Sequel On the Way

Universal Pictures

A follow-up to 2013 Keanu Reeves film 47 Ronin is now in the works.

It’s a little surprising to be getting word on a sequel to the film, considering it was a critically panned box office flop. With delays and a budget that shot up past $US170 million, the film drew around $151 million worldwide and landed with Rotten Tomatoes score of 16%. It didn’t go well, although it’s possible the home entertainment market has been much kinder to it over time. Nevertheless, Universal Pictures’ home entertainment production arm, Universal 1440 Entertainment, is keen to provide another chapter.

As Deadline reports, the sequel is to be directed by longtime actor and fight choreographer Ron Yuan, who plays Sergeant Qiang in Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan. Yuan previously directed dance movie Step Up China: Year for the Dance.

Admittedly, this film does sound like fun – and with a jarringly different setting from the original. While the first action-fantasy – based on an 18th-century Japan event that saw 47 samurai set out to avenge their master’s death – was set in the late Medieval age, the sequel will be set in the future and include both horror and cyber-punk elements. Although not in Deadline’s report, a number of outlets are saying the film will be set 300 years in the future. Furthermore, there are reports that it’s going to be distributed by Netflix. We’ve reached out for some clarification; we’ll let you know if we get any.

“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Universal and the producing team on this genre-blending, martial arts, action, horror and cyber-punk film,” Yuan said in a statement. “This will be a fun, intense, supercharged thrill ride for viewers globally.”

No word if Reeves will have any connection to the sequel, which is expected to go into production in early 2021. The first film saw Reeves playing a half-Japanese, half-English outcast named Kai.

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