Highlander, the epic tale of immortality and decapitation that launched one of the most beloved action-adventure series in film and TV history has been in the rebooting development phase since 2008 when Summit Entertainment purchased the film rights.
They first brought on Ironman script writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Then Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) was set to direct but had to leave due to conflicts. Then 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo left "due to creative differences" Ryan Reynolds was said to star but he left the project.
Now Deadline is reporting that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will be making his directorial debut with the film. You may know him from his visual effects work on The Ring, One Hour Photo, and Snow White and the Huntsman, which he also worked on as a second unit director. Here's his statement.
“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,”
Troyan says that he told Mike Fleming Jr.-
“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.”
Filming is said to begin next year. So what do you think?Can there be only one? is this reboot unnecessary or would you be glad to see an update?