In a surprise move, Summit Entertainment and producers Neal H. Moritz, Peter Davis, and Justin Lin (who was first slated to direct the reboot) have chosen first timer Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct the Highlander reboot. You’re probably asking yourself, “Who the hell is that?” (more…)
Though it is considered blasphemy by many, the classic sword-fighting immortals of Highlander are on the list of remakes for the near future. Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are leading the charge, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) set to direct. It’s been in the rumor mill that they were hoping to secure the services of a certain Ryan Reynolds to take on the lead role of Connor MacLeod. Now finally, after a month of negotiations, it is official – Reynolds has the job.
With a career of mostly rom-coms behind him, coupled with some rather tepid performances in other genres, it’s up-in-the-air whether Reynolds will be able to step into the shoes of Christopher Lambert. The original Highlander is considered a classic among many (myself included) for its rich atmosphere, unique concept and the kick-ass soundtrack by Queen. A remake has the potential to spell disaster or create a new vision that could inspire multiple sequels.
We at Nerdbastards, in an effort to be impartial, asked another huge fan of the original what his opinion on the Reynolds casting is and got this response:
I think the Dark Lord of the Sith echoes the sentiments of Highlander fans everywhere.
Thanks to The Tracking Board for bringing us the news.
Normally, I am a forgiving person when it comes to reboots, more so than most others. It’s nice to see what the new blood can do with an old franchise, even if it usually doesn’t work out for the best. And, all things considered, it’s still better than just taking an old film, adding a few scenes and special effects and then remarketing it for cash (yes, I’m looking at you Mr. Lucas).
But when it was announced that Highlander would be getting the facelift treatment, I was skeptical. The atmosphere and conceptual genius behind the first one is not easily reproduced. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of remaking it in an actiony vein and losing the theme of the original.
Now, as if the news couldn’t get any worse, Ryan Reynolds is slotted as the forerunner of possibles in casting.
To quote the source:
“Ryan Reynolds has emerged as the front-runner to topline Lionsgate-Summit’s franchise reboot, and though it’s unclear whether an actual offer has been made, sources tell Variety that both sides are in talks and are very interested in working together. Insiders add that Reynolds is weighing other offers and that [he] could still pursue another project,”
Ok, so Christopher Lambert (pre-gigantic forehead days) was not the most amazing of actors, but he did fit the role. And even Sean Connery with his inability to do a Spanish accent was enjoyable.
But… Ryan <choke> Reynolds!? Seriously? This guy floundered through Green Lantern like a chimpanzee on crack and they want to set him up to destroy another franchise? Was he sent by malevolent aliens from outer space on a mission to mutilate the movies that fans love? This guy needs to be locked away; at least until Highlander is finished shooting, else angry fans may be doing some shooting of their own.
Next thing you know, Justin Bieber will be slotted to compose the new soundtrack.
Thanks to comingsoon for giving us the bad news on this one.