The Highlander has taken another head. And by that, I mean the Highlander reboot by Summit Entertainment has lost another potential 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. According to today’s report from Deadline Juan Carlos has walked away as well, muttering the phrase “creative differences”.
“I’m told that his exit is amicable, and that after a year of working on the project, he and Summit could not get past the fact they had differing views of the film, and finally agreed to disagree. Fresnadillo left a remake of The Crow to join Highlander. It’s unclear at the moment whether that is an option, but come Monday, he will be looking for another movie, and Summit will be looking for another Highlander helmer.”
Not a lot is known about Summit Entertainment’s planned remake of the original 1986 Highlander film except that Ryan Reynolds is set to play Connor MacLeod, the titular sword wielding immortal who chops the heads off other immortals.
Who even wants this remake? There can be only one!
I say, forget Ryan Reynolds and forget this reboot. Seriously, studios don’t care about casting anymore or when remaking a classic. If Summit is insistent of making this (and they are, they’ve invested too much to go home now) then they should cast someone like Thomas Jayne, keep film CGI free and by all accounts, insert all the rocking Queen jams used in the original film. Then maybe I would give my fan support.