Variety reports that Universal Pictures is near a deal with Carl Eric Rinsch to make his feature directing debut on 47 Ronin, the epic period samurai swordsmen tale that will star Keanu Reeves.
Rinsch, who shoots commercials for RSA, has been on Hollywoods radar. RSA-owners Ridley and Tony Scott previously had discussions with Rinsch to direct the Alien prequel until Ridley Scott decided to return to the franchise he launched.
Written by Chris Morgan (Wanted), 47 Ronin tells the famous fact-based story of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenge the death of their master in 18th Century Japan.
The trade adds that the movie will mix the fantastical elements of films like “The Lord of the Rings” with battle scenes on the order of Gladiator and 300.