47 Ronin hit the big screen in 2013 to horrendous reviews — the film has a sad 16% on Rotten Tomatoes (average rating: 4/10) — and it didn’t make any money either. The film stars Keanu Reeves and follows a band of samurai warriors who set out to avenge the death of their master. It’s a cool story in treatment, but one that did not evolve into a fully fleshed-out script and translate to a movie worth a watch. Which is why it’s surprising that the film is getting a sequel.
According to Deadline, a 47 Ronin sequel is confirmed and will be produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, an entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It is set to be directed by Ron Yuan, who stars in the Disney live-action remake of Mulan. Yuan said:
“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. This will be a fun, intense, supercharged thrill ride for viewers globally.”
A cyberpunk version of 47 Ronin? Well, I can’t say I’m not at least a little excited. Hopefully, unlike its original counterpart, this will be more than just a cool idea.
While the Deadline report does not indicate where the film will be released, Collider says that the film will be out on Netflix.