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Carl Rinsch to helm '47 Ronin'

17 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Carl Rinsch may not be directing the "Alien" prequel. But he's got a pretty good alternative.

The commercials director, who had been loosely attached to the reboot of the sci-fi franchise, has landed the gig to helm "47 Ronin," the samurai pic that's set up at Universal with producer Scott Stuber.

"Ronin" centers on a group of 18th century samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master. Keanu Reves' name has surfaced in connection with a starring role. Chris Morgan, who counts "Fast & Furious" and "Wanted" among his writing credits, penned the screenplay.

The CAA-repped Rinsch is the commercials wunderkind who made his name directing spots, many with futuristic themes, for the likes of Mercedes and Heineken.

He had originally been reported as attached to "Alien," but reports later broke that Fox preferred Ridley Scott direct it himself (he had been on board only to produce). While there »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Akira Kurosawa: The Masterworks Blu-ray Disc Collection

19 June 2009 10:27 AM, PDT | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

After Kadokawa already released a series of Akira Kurosawa’s films (Rashomon, Madadayo, Ran and The Quiet Duel) in a Blu-ray Disc Collection back in February, Toho Studio also decided to honour Japan’s probably most famous director with another collection bearing his name. The Akira Kurosawa: The Masterworks Blu-ray Disc Collection contains Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, Sanshiro Sugata, Sanjuro, Men Who Tread On The Tiger’s Tail, Sanshiro Sugata Part II and The Bad Sleep Well which are also available as single releases on October 23, 2009. Unfortunately Toho also decided to follow Kadokawa’s example and will not include English subtitles.

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