Universal’s 47 Ronin is a curious project. The 3D film, which stars Keanu Reeves and enters on 18th century samurai who seek to avenge their master’s death, began production in 2011 as a prospective tentpole for Universal Studios that was to open in theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012. However, reports started to surface of production troubles on the $175 million saga, with the budget reportedly ballooning to $225 million. The release date was subsequently pushed back to February 2013, and then again to December 25th of this year. Rumors swirled that director Carl Rinsch, who previously cut his teeth on commercials, had been removed from the editing room, and we started to wonder if 47 Ronin would ever see the light of day.
However, Universal now seems ready to kick the marketing campaign into high gear as some pretty impressive character posters have been released, boasting the tagline “seize eternity.” Hopefully a debut trailer is on the way. Hit the jump to take a look at the posters. The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Kô Shibasaki, and Rinko Kikuchi.
Here’s the official synopsis for 47 Ronin:
From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.