Keanu Reeves has starred in so many movies over the course of his career that you would be forgiven for forgetting a few here and there. With over 100 acting credits to his name, there are bound to be a few performances that slip through the cracks of your memory. One of those is probably the fantasy action flick 47 Ronin. Released in 2013 to little fanfare and up against the second weekend of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the film was critically panned and flopped at the box office. Since then, most people have not given 47 Ronin a second thought and it was likely that the big-budget failure was going to fade into obscurity like so many other high-profile misfires.
But, it looks like the Keanu Reeves movie is going to see something of a revival thanks to a sequel. Deadline reports that Lucifer actress Aimee Garcia and author AJ Mendez have been selected to write a follow-up to 47 Ronin. What makes their project interesting is that it will apparently be a futuristic update to the series as Garcia described this new entry as blending “martial arts, horror, cyber-punk and action.” We have to wonder just how much of a sequel this movie will be and whether or not it will functionally act as a fresh reboot of the property. Considering that the original 47 Ronin has not exactly maintained a strong pop culture legacy in the near-decade since its release, it is a safe bet to assume that this new film will be a standalone entry with very little connection to the first movie.
We also have to wonder whether or not Keanu Reeves will be appearing in the 47 Ronin sequel at all. The mention of this new movie taking a cyberpunk approach to the material certainly conjures up a connection to the actor. He recently starred as a prominent character in the video game Cyberpunk 2077 and clearly has a love of the genre thanks to his appearances in The Matrix films and the (underappreciated) Johnny Mnemonic which was penned by William Gibson, the often credited creator of the cyberpunk subgenre. Could this end up being a reason for Keanu Reeves to appear in the 47 Ronin sequel? Would it be as a cameo or could he be brought back in a leading role? Either way, w have to imagine that the powers that be would like to get him back in some capacity.
No matter what happens regarding the involvement of Keanu Reeves, it looks like we will be getting a new riff on 47 Ronin. Exactly when we can expect to see this sequel is currently unclear, but the studio has also tapped Ron Yuan to direct, so it seems that this is going to be a priority project. It will be interesting to see how the 47 Ronin concept will translate to a cyberpunk setting and just what this new version will be bringing to the table. Hopefully, it can make a stronger impact than its predecessor.