Rumor: ‘Highlander’ Reboot Producers Want Tom Cruise

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“There can be only one (sexiest man alive)!” There is going to be a Highlander reboot, and the producers reportedly want Tom Cruise to be in the film. But he wouldn’t be the hero who learns that his own strange birthright automatically enrolled him in a violent game amongst immortals competing for the ultimate price. No, Cruise is being eyed for the revamped version of Sean Connery’s original role. So his part would be of the wise and experienced mentor/swordsman who helps the Highlander come to terms with his life and immortality. Get a few more very cautious details of the possible Tom Cruise Highlander deal below.

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The Highlander reboot has a new person calling the shots. After a revolving door of director attachments, Summit has set Snow White and the Huntsman second unit director and visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct the film. He’ll shoot the script from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway that reportedly keeps pretty true to the original film.

Which means that we’ll see Scottish highlander Conor McLeod discover his immortality, and be trained in combat and survival skills by Ramirez. He’ll kill other immortals (by severing their heads), battling to a showdown with one last brutal survivor for a sort of all-knowing and influential existence referred to simple as “The Prize.” Read More »

Ryan Reynolds Exits ‘Highlander’ Reboot

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To say Summit’s Highlander reboot has been as long-lived as its characters would be a massive exaggeration, obviously, but it has been kicking around for quite a while now. And it’ll be sticking around for some time yet, as it’s now headed back to square one. Ryan Reynolds has just dropped out of the project, months after director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited. Hit the jump to get the details.

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Briefly: The Highlander remake needs a new director. Most recently, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was set to direct, after having taken over when Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) exited. But now Fresnadillo is out, too. Reportedly the reason he moved on was based in a simple “creative differences” scenario. Fresnadillo wanted one version of the story, and Summit wanted another.

Deadline says that Ryan Reynolds remains attached to star as the man who discovers that he is immortal, and is soon drawn into a “game” to claim a prize of ultimate knowledge and awareness. (Reynolds was never officially confirmed as the lead for the film, but has been strongly rumored for the role in the past few months.) The site also says Summit is still high on the remake, thanks to the Art Marcum and Matt Holloway script, and will quickly look for a new director. The goal seems to be to hew pretty close to the original 1986 film that launched a stuttering franchise with seven features and multiple TV series between the debut and 2007.

Briefly: Not too long ago Ryan Reynolds was nominated to become the new champion decapitator at the center of the Highlander reboot. He would theoretically be stepping into the shoes formerly worn by Christopher Lambert, who played a Scottish Highlander who learns that he is born of an immortal bloodline. The catch is: immortality actually kinda sucks, because it turns into a game of “watch your loved ones die.” Oh, and other immortals want to kill you in order to claim “the Prize,” which is basically an always-on universal awareness. (In other words: Twitter.)

Anyway, today has seen a glut of posts saying the Reynolds is confirmed for the role. But The Playlist talked to a couple sources which say that while Reynolds has been in talks, no deal is signed. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still set to direct from a script by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) with extra work from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

Someone needs to run through several centuries worth of storyline, decapitating people in swordfights, and Lionsgate wants it to be Ryan Reynolds. The actor is reportedly the top choice to lead the cast of the new version of Highlander, based on Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 film in which Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery were immortal warriors participating in an age-old contest for The Prize. Combatants even had a tagline for the deadly competition: “There can be only one.” Read More »

In the five years since the release of his zombie sequel 28 Weeks Later, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been attached to a several major Hollywood projects. First was BioShock, based on a best-selling underwater, steampunk inspired video game. Then there was a reboot of The Crow, which could have possibly starred Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper or Channing Tatum. Both those projects have yet to, and may never, see the light of day.

Then there’s the latest film on Fresnadillo’s plate, a remake of Highlander, a film Justin Lin was set to do before dropping out to finish his Fast and the Furious movies. Little has been said about that project but while promoting his latest film, Intruders, at South by Southwest, Fresnadillo revealed it could be his next film and more. Read More »

The reboot of Highlander, which Summit has been working on with various degrees of enthusiasm for the past couple years, is getting a new director. Justin Lin was signed to make the film, but walked not long ago. Now Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who directed 28 Weeks Later and now, four years later, has Intruders opening at TIFF, is in talks with Summit to direct the remake.

Update: This deal has been finalized; the press release from Summit has been added below. Read More »

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