Director quits Highlander remake

News Simon Brew 3 Dec 2012 - 06:57

Ryan Reynolds is still attached to the new Highlander movie. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo isn't.

The planned remake of Highlander has been on the cards for a while, at the wonderfully ironically named Original Film (Original Film is also responsible for the remakes of Total Recall and Prom Night, with producer Neil H Moritz also having the new take on Starship Troopers on his slate). The project had got quite far, with Ryan Reynolds set to star and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo appointed to direct.

The latter, however, has now left the project. While Ryan Reynolds remains on board the new Highlander, Fresnadillo has quit over "creative differences" with the studio. The parting of the ways is described as "amicable".

The underwhelming performance of Total Recall over the summer may have thrown a spanner of sorts in the work, and required the need for a slight change of direction for the new Highlander. As we hear more about it, we'll let you know.


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Fresnadillo did a sterling job on 28 Weeks Later.

No matter what, if it's still going to be based on the script that was leaked to the net sometime back, we will be in serious trouble.

I can't see the point of remaking Highlander, the original is a pretty poor script but the direction, action and score make it something special.

Does no one want to risk money anyomore on new stories? Is that the problem?? You know at one time Highlander itself was a bold and original idea. Why not give that strategy another try? Who knows, the punters may fling money at you by the handful for an opportunity to see it!

I love this film too much for it to be ruined :(
I love Ryan Reynolds but I just cannot picture this. And if they did they would one hundred percent have to keep the original soundtrack

Why? A remake can also mean modifying the plot to actually make sense, they could do pretty well with this if it lands in the right hands.

I thought the same, the role doesn't look like it would suit him of all people...

What is the point of remaking an already good film? If this was some niche barely known film then fine but Highlander is a very good, very popular popular film AFAICS

"You talk funny Nash", Where you from? "Lots of different places"! Like Ryan Reynolds but he's no Christopher Lambert. There can be only one!!

Get a grip people, Highlander was an absolute nightmare of a movie. For starters we have an American born Frenchman playing a Scotsman (very badly) and a Scotsman playing a Spaniard (one accent actor). And now the idiot film studios have decided to cast a Canadian of Irish decent (Reynolds). Wake up you nut-jobs.
For me and a lot of Scottish movie fans there can be only one, and that one is probably Kevin McKidd who is by the way Scottish and almost a highlander.

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