47 Ronin Delayed Nearly A Year

Universal has pushed back the Keanu Reeves-led 3D samurai action thriller “47 Ronin” from February 8th 2013 all the way to Christmas Day 2013 says Deadline.

Originally slated for the end of this year, this second delay is due to the need for reshoots and additional visual effects work being required, however the London-based shoot has had to hold off due to the Olympics.

Studio sources claim only one week of additional work is necessary, but other suggest to THR that it is a bit more than that – hence the lengthy delay.

The film’s first-time director Carl Erik Rinsch has allegedly not done a satisfactory job with a key battle sequence at the film’s end. As a result the reshoots will deal with that sequence and additional material to bolster Reeves’ role and the romance elements with Rinsch under “close supervision”.

The delay has led to a reshuffling of Universal’s entire 2013 slate. The Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy “Identity Thief” will now open three months earlier in Ronin’s old Feb 8th release slot, while Richard Curtis’ “About Time” is taking over the May 10th slot that ‘Identity’ was occupying.

“Jurassic Park in 3D” has moved up three months from July 19th to April 5th, while dates have been announced for “Kick Ass 2” on June 28th, “R.I.P.D.” on July 19th and “2 Guns” on August 16th.