The director of the long-anticipated 47 Ronin has been removed from the project after the budget topped the $225m mark, according to reports.
Director Carl Rinsch, who oversaw the pre-production, the three-month shoot and the subsequent post-production (and even the reshoots), has been asked to step away from the vehicle as it slips out of control and into a giant moviemaking car crash.
According to a source, who revealed all to The Wrap, the costs soared up to $50m over the agreed budget (although Universal deny this figure).
However, when you consider Carl Rinsch was a complete unknown quantity having never directed a full length movie before he took the project on, it seems logical to ask why he was entrusted with such a huge feature in the first place.
The movie stars Keanu Reeves as an 18th century samurai who, along with his fellow sword masters, looks to avenge his master's death. Reeves is the only star name to appear in the cast, another unusual element in such a huge production.
According to The Wrap, Rinsch was described as "creative and competent" during the shoot, although as the project went on, he "buckled under the pressure of the ambitious shoot."
Reshoots were taking place in London quite recently, as the studio sought to increase Keanu Reeve's screen time, and now that the reshoots have taken place, the studio are legally allowed to remove Rinsch from the project (Director Guild of America rules dictate that a director must be allowed to shoot the scenes for the movie he worked on).