Posted on: November 18th, 2009 ‘Leagues’ Out, ‘Ronin’ In
The internet let out a collective sigh earlier today when it was reported that Disney’s upcoming remake of it’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (is it considered a remake if the source material is a public domain classic?) was shelved. The film was to be helmed by director/producer/internet punching bag McG, but apparently he has too many other projects to focus on, and Disney is more focused on Tron: Legacy and John Carter of Mars. So all is right in the world, yes?
Well, as we should all know by now, movie remakes are like a game of Whack-a-Mole. One ugly varmint is knocked out, only to be replaced by another one. In this case, the ugly varmint is Keanu Reeves. According to Variety, Keanu is set to star in an American adaptation of The 47 Ronin, to be directed by newcomer Carl Erik Rinsch. That’s right, folks. Keanu will be playing a samurai swordsman in eighteenth century Japan. And who is this Rinsch character? He’s a director of commercials who must be doing something right, because he was in talks with Ridley and Tony Scott to direct the Alien prequel before Ridley decided to do it himself.
So what do you think? Will this be a faithful retelling of the classic, with a huge cast of Japanese actors speaking in their native language? Or will this be a rock-n-roll, stylized action flick? Do I even need to ask?