Summit’s Highlander remake has been on the cards for years, however last year it lost its director (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) and also its star (Ryan Reynolds).
Over the five years of development hell the reboot has suffered the loss of another director, Justin Lin, plus a number of writers, including Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”), the Wibberlys, ”Twilight” scribe Melissa Rosenberg, and most recently Neal Oppenheim.
Last October a new director was found, and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, visual effects supervisor and second unit director of Snow White & The Huntsman, will make his directorial debut with the Highlander reboot.
There is now talk of Tom Cruise being offered the role of mentor played so brilliantly by Sean Connery in the 1986 original, however these are just rumours for now.
A Cruise representative is direct that the actor is “far from talks” for Highlander: “He is offered tons of projects.”
Whether Cruise is offered the role or not, it is clear that Summit are playing with the idea of Cruise being in one of the key roles, which in turn proves that Summit are very confident in their remake if they are willing to offer a star as big as Crusie a role in the film.
Naturally we will bring further updates as and when they happen.
Here is what Cedric Nicolas-Troyan had to say about the project a year ago:
“I have been working on my pitch for this since the summer, and when I got there I met the original producer and I just started geeking out and he loved it,” Nicolas-Troyan told me. “The first movie came out when I was a teenager in France and it was one of my favorite films of those years. I loved the series also, they shot a lot of it in France, on the Seine River. My first reaction, like everybody else, was, really, do we need a remake? Then I read the script, and I thought about how Russell Mulcahy was this super visual video director who brought the pulse of the 80s to the film so well. I started thinking about taking those great characters and matching them with a modern, visceral take, and then I was in love with the idea and I just went for it.”
“For me, it all comes down to that first movie, but there are great themes in the show,” he said. “It’s the rare cross-genre concept that has elements of the Western, time travel, fantasy, action, contemporary. There are universal themes, but of course you need to provide the answers like the first film did. Who are these guys with swords? Why are they fighting each other? What is the prize and how are they drawn to each other? There is far more at work here I want to explore than the lightning that happens during the Quickening.”
He then talked of casting, and mentions the original film which cast a relatively unknown in Christopher Lambert:
“Back then Christopher hadn’t done a lot of things and was just emerging, and Sean Connery, that movie brought about a real resurgence for him,” said Nicolas-Troyan. “We have to find that younger emerging guy, and surround him with a strong Kurgan, and an actor who shines as Ramirez the way Connery did in that film film.”
Neal H. Moritz and Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) will produce the new take on the Scottish immortal Connor MacLeod. Nicolas-Troyan will supervise the next rewrite on the script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) before casting for an expected 2014 start date.