According to Deadline, Netflix and Universal hired Aimee Garcia and AJ Mendez to script the sequel to “ 47 Ronins ” – an action movie starring Keanu Reeves in 2013.
Garcia is best known for playing Ella Lopez in the supernatural series “ Lucifer ”, while Mendez has successfully grown from a career as a WWE Champion to a screenwriter.
The duo launched Scrappy Heart Productions last year and have so far collaborated on several comic book projects, including a “ Wonder Woman ” season on DC starting in July this year.
Here’s what the couple had to say in response to the news:
“AJ and I are excited to write a diverse and inclusive action film,” Garcia said in a statement. “Director Ron Yuan’s vision of combining martial arts, terror, cyber-punk and action was inspiring and we want to thank the team for supporting us.”
Actor and director Ron Yuan will direct the sequel to ’47 Ronins’. The sequel is the result of a partnership between the studio and Netflix, which will take care of the distribution in its catalog.
As of yet, there aren’t many details on the sequence, except that the plot will take place 300 years after the original and will have a cyberpunk look.
Still without a premiere date, production is slated to shoot in the coming months of 2021.
For those who are not familiar, Yuan was the director of “She Dances, I Dance 6”, and will soon be seen as Sergeant Qiant in the live action of “Mulan”.
In an interview with the portal, the star said he was excited to work with the studio and explore the different genres of production.
“I am very happy to be working with Universal and the production team on this film which mixes several genres, including martial arts, action, terror and cyberpunk theme. It will be a fun, intense and emotional journey for audiences all over the world ”.
The original feature film was directed by Carl Rinsch, based on the screenplay by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini, and became a critical and public failure.
With a budget of US $ 175 million, the film raised only US $ 151.8 million worldwide. At Rotten Tomatoes, he earned a meager 16% approval rating.
The plot follows Kai (Keanu Reeves), a rejected samurai who crosses medieval Japan to join 46 other samurai in an attempt to defeat the mighty Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano), responsible for the death of a respected master samurai.
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