The Highlander reboot has been kicking around for many years now. We’ve seen all sorts of talent come and go with this project, including directors Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). The last director attached to the Highlander reboot was Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), but he’s no longer involved. John Wick and John Wick: Chapter Two director Chad Stahelski (on the right side of the picture above) is now sitting in the Highlander reboot’s director’s chair.
Below, learn more about the Highlander reboot.
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Although you might not recognize the name Russell Mulcahy, you almost definitely would recognize his work. Especially if, like me, you grew up in the 80s. Because Mulcahy directed over 400 music videos during the decade. I spoke with Mulcahy about how that journey began. From directing the first ever music video that appeared on MTV to regularly working with the likes of Duran Duran, Billy Joel and Elton Joel. And then, of course, we chatted about what it was like to make Alec Baldwin a superhero.
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The Huntsman: Winter’s War wasn’t originally going to be Cedric Nicolas-Troyan‘s feature directorial debut. The former visual-effects supervisor and second-unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman was first set to direct the Highlander reboot, which, over the years, has had plenty of directors and talent involved that have come and gone.
Nicolas-Troyan confirmed with us he’s still attached to the film. Learn more about the Highlander reboot below.
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Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Summit’s Highlander reboot still needs a MacLeod, but it may have found its Kurgan. A new report indicates Dave Bautista, of Guardians of the Galaxy and WWE fame, could be stepping up to play the main antagonist. More on the Dave Bautista Highlander casting after the jump. Read More »
“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 »
Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
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.
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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 »