Recently, Disney revealed it would premiere the live-action Mulan remake on its Disney+ streaming service with premium pricing. However, one of the film’s stars has already lined up his next huge gig. As first reported by Deadline, Ron Yuan will direct the upcoming sequel to the 2013 action flick 47 Ronin.
Starring Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada, 47 Ronin received predominantly negative reviews from film critics. The film’s plot took liberties with the real-life tale of the forty-seven rōnin, a real-life group of masterless samurai under daimyō Asano Naganori in 18th-century Japan. Instead, the film featured witches and giants and failed to live up to the high hopes of Universal Pictures executives.
However, per the initial report, the sequel will look to stray far away from its predecessor. Set 300 years in the future, the fresh and re-imagined setting will create an “exotic cyberpunk world” while incorporating horror and modern samurai elements. In addition to Yuan in the director’s seat, John Orlando (Mortal Kombat), Tim Kwok (Passage To Mars), and Share Stallings (Death At A Funeral) will serve as the film’s executive producers.
Director Ron Yuan expresses his excitement for his involvement in the project in a statement to Deadline.
“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Universal and the producing team on this genre-blending, martial arts, action, horror and cyber-punk film,” said Yuan. “This will be a fun, intense, supercharged thrill ride for viewers globally.”
While spending most of his career in front of the camera, Yuan has some directing experience as well. The filmmaker has helmed films like Lollipops, Three Bullets, and Step Up: Year of the Dance. Following a starring role in Disney’s Mulan, Yuan will next appear in the Netflix animated feature The Monkey King as well as The Paper Tigers alongside Friends From College star Jae Suh Park
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