A sequel to the Keanu Reeves film 47 Ronins is on the way and will drop on Netflix. We’ve got everything you need to know about the sequel, which will be heading to Netflix, but likely won’t be out until October 2022 in the US.
Based on a fictional account of a samurai living in 18th-century Japan, the film, released in 2013, served as Carl Rinsch’s directorial debut. Universal Pictures released the film with H2F Entertainment, Relatively Media and, perhaps crucially, Stuber Productions (Scott Stuber now heads Netflix’s motion picture division) behind the film.
Continuing 47 Ronins may come as a surprise to some, considering the 2013 film went down as one of the biggest box-office bombs of the last decade (reportedly losing $175 million). Despite a big budget and Keanu Reeves leading the cast, the film failed to make any serious impact.
The film was first in development in August 2020 when Deadline revealed Ron Yuan, who recently starred in Disney’s mulanwould direct.
The 1440 arm produced by Universal Blade of the 47 Ronin, essentially the B-tier offshoot that produces low-budget movies or offshoots of Universal’s top IP. Some of the titles in their arsenal include Downfall: annihilationmost of those Tremble movies and Dragon Heart: Revenge. This year, The Munsters notably came to Netflix as part of the deal between Netflix US and Universal 1440.
This became known in April 2021 Aimee Garcia (known for Netflix’s Lucifer) works together with author AJ Mendez as screenwriters for the film. The pair recently teamed up as co-writers for the comic book companion series for Netflix GLOW.
The film is being produced by Convergence Entertainment with producers Tim Kwok, John Orlando and Share Stallings.
The logline for the sequel is as follows:
“The sequel to the 2013 image is set 300 years in the future in an exotic cyberpunk world. The film will be a fresh, reimagined take on the original film, incorporating horror and modern samurai and ninja elements.”
When is Blade of the 47 Ronin coming to Netflix?
Netflix announced as part of its October 2022 lineup that Blade of the 47 Ronin will land on Netflix on October 25, 2022.
Here are a few things to consider.
The title is not listed as a Netflix Original as previously assumed. Instead, it will likely be a day-and-date release from Netflix alongside VOD and its physical release.
Second, it’s unclear if this will be a worldwide release as it’s not a Netflix Original. The film, like other Universal 1440 titles, is restricted to a US release only.
Who is playing? Blade of the 47 Ronin?
Here’s a breakdown of who will be there Blade of the 47 Ronin.
- Anna Akan
- Markus Dacascos
- mike moh
- Teresa Ting
- Akira Koieyama
- Chikako Fukuyama
- Luna Fujimoto
- Nino Furuhata
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about Universal 1440’s direct-to-Netflix project as soon as we receive it.