It was reported over the weekend by Deadline that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has left Summit’s Highlander remake. While the original Highlander is a film many movie fans hold dear to their hearts, if anyone was going to get the remake done right, it would have been Fresnadillo. The director has already written and directed the awesome sequel, 28 Weeks Later and went on to direct the intriguing Clive Owen starring thriller, Intruders. The man has some serious talent, but sadly won’t be bringing those talents to a new version of Highlander.
Fresndillo is thought to have left the project on good terms after working on the remake for over a year with Summit. It has been reported that Summit and Fresnadillo could not see eye to eye on the film, which resulted in Fresnadillo walking. The director left the remake of The Crow to work on Highlander, so now all eyes are on whether he will return to that previous project, and if in fact an opening is still available for a director.
Ryan Reynolds is still on board for the remake, and so far the script has been written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, with Noah Oppenheim turning in the latest draft. It’s produced by Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza, with RCR Media Group’s principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson exec producing. Justin Lin, once attached to direct, is also executive producer.
The directors position is now open, and with Summit desperate to get this one moving, expect an announcement soon as to who will be replacing Fresnadillo.
Synopsis for the original film:
Born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1518, Connor Macleod is immortal. When he is wounded in battle but does not die, he is banished from his village. He meets another like himself, Ramirez, who teaches him swordsmanship–the only way to kill another immortal is to take his head–and the ways of the immortals. Modern-day New York is the location of “The Gathering,” where Connor and the few remaining immortals must battle to the last for “The Prize.”
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