Whoa. According to TheWrap, director Carl Rinsch has been relieved of his editing duties on the long-delayed Keanu Reeves film "47 Ronin" as the movie's budget has reached $225 million. (Universal claims the cost hasn't topped $175 million.) Per the site, Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley is handling editing duties.
Not that turmoil on "47 Ronin" should be too much of a surprise. The film was initially set for release on Nov. 21 of this year, before Universal moved it Feb. 8, 2013. In August, "47 Ronin" was shifted again, this time to Dec. 25, 2013, a full thirteen months after it was originally set for release.
While the studio said the delays were done to enhance some effects work, industry insiders like Variety reporter Jeff Sneider and Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit alluded to something more serious.
Echoing those statements, at least one person referred to the "47 Ronin" shoot as a "nightmare," according to TheWrap.
"47 Ronin" was set to be a big-budget comeback for Reeves, who most recently produced and appeared in "Side by Side," a documentary about filmmaking. According to sources, the reshoots and new edits were done to place a great focus on Reeves' character.
For more on the tumultuous production of "47 Ronin," head over to TheWrap.