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Universal Studios has decided to delay Keanu Reeves’ samurai film 47 Ronin once again on Wednesday. The studio also set the release dates for several other anticipated films.
47 Ronin will now be released on Christmas Day, 2013. According to The Los Angeles Times, the 3D samurai epic, which would star Reeves and a roster of Japanese actors, was originally set to open on Nov. 21, 2012. Then, in April, Universal delayed the film to Feb. 8, 2013 to add in 3D effects and do reshoots.
The new date will allow first-time feature director Carl Rinsch to do more reshoots in London for a key scene in the film. The reshoots are set for London to take advantage of tax breaks and would have started earlier in the summer if it weren’t for the Olympics. They have now been scheduled for late August and early September.
Reeves, who hasn’t starred in a major film since 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still, was also busy working in China on Man of Tai Chi.
47 Ronin was first budgeted at $170 million. A source for the Times said that the studio should still be able to make the film for less than $200 million.
Universal also announced that the 3D release of Jurassic Park is now set for April 5, 2013 rather than July 15, 2013.
Other important dates for Universal include June 28, when Kick-Ass 2 is set to open. It will have to compete against the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn film The Internship and Roland Emmerich’s next thriller.
Ryan Reynolds’ zombie movie R.I.P.D. will open on July 18, against The Wolverine and Pacific Rim.
About Time will open on May 10 and Denzel Washington’s 2 Guns will open on Aug. 16. The Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Theft will also hit theaters on May 10.