’47 Ronin’ Sequel In The Works From Former WWE Champ AJ Lee And ‘Lucifer’ Actress Aimee Garcia

There are a number of aspects to this story that I find fascinating and fairly unbelievable. The first is that a sequel to the 2013 Keanu Reeves samurai flick 47 Ronin is happening at all. I quite enjoyed it, but the movie was a flop. The second is that it will be co-written by former WWE Women’s Champion now best-selling author AJ Mendez aka AJ Lee.


Deadline reports the 47 Ronin sequel will be co-written by Mendez along with Lucifer actress Aimee Garcia. The two are also currently writers on the GLOW comic book series, based on the Netflix wrestling series. Behind the camera will be Mulan actor Ron Yuan, having previously directed Step Up: Year of the Dance, and international action flick Unspoken: Diary of an Assassin.

47 Ronin was previously directed by Carl Rinsch and was a fantastical, epic retelling of the real-life 18th-century samurai who set out to avenge the murder of their master by a brutal shogun. The film starred Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rinko Kikuchi. Box office wasn’t pretty, as it managed to earn just $151M against a budget north of $200M.

Mendez is also the wife of one of my all-time favorite wrestlers, Phil Brooks aka CM Punk. His career has turned towards acting and I’m hoping there’s a way to get him into this, even in a small role. Fingers crossed.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.