Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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You should know, I took this story merely for the puny headline. Now that I have satisfied my witticism, I can dance a sigh of relief knowing Summit’s Highlander reboot has put another nail in it’s coffin.

A few years back, Summit Entertainment entertained (pun intended) the idea of rebooting Highlander; the 1986 pop culture flick about a centuries old sword-swinging Scotsman fighting for his immortality. Justin Lin was attached early on, but departed in 2011 so he could make Fast and Furious 6. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had hopped in 2012 for a bit, but rolled out right fucking quick per creative disputes. The script itself even passed a few hands. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) dreamt up first draft, then Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) was brought on for rewrites in 2011. The most recent draft was penned by Noah Oppenheim. Who?

Despite the project being tossed around like a piece of shit at a dung beetle convention, it somehow caught the attention of  Ryan Reynolds. I guess because, you know, he clearly hasn’t played enough super heroes? Had he stayed with the project, he would have played the lead of Connor MacLeod, who was portrayed by Christopher Lambert in the 1986 original. To the chagrin of no one, he passed on the project. Apparently Reynolds got tired of waiting around for Summit to lock down a committed director, so he said (paraphrasing) “see ya later”.

According to The Wrap, Reynolds departure means Summit will be wiping the slate clean and start from square one. New script, new director and new staff.

To that I say, let us all hold a summit (that’s my final pun, I swear) at Summit Entertainment. We blast the Queen Sound track to the 1986 Highlander until the studio heads lose their heads and forfeit this god forsaken reboot.

To Ryan Reynolds I say: Please stop this nonsense. Make everyone happy and go fucking make Deadpool already!

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.

Source: Deadline


Oh good, there are some encouraging words coming from the people rebooting the Highlander franchise.


ShockTillYouDrop.com has posted an interview with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo plugging the upcoming horror flick Intruders (which stars Clive Owen who was also in the interview), and dropped a little info about the project. Fresnadillo, (28 Days Later) will be sitting in the directors chair  and had this to say about the movie which is apparently still happening.

“I’m so keen to make it, because I think it would be a very interesting new approach into that world, but let’s see because we’re in an early stage still,”

When asked whether they might cast a new face for the main role or find a known actor, he responded:

“Some kind of new flavor, how about that? Especially because of the big theme of the story, which is the immortality as a curse, because I found it so interesting.”

Wait, did that really answer the questions? Hey, how about answering the one everyone wants to know. Why can’t you just leave 80’s movies alone and stop with the lame reboots. Highlander (the first one) was great, everything else ever done with the franchise has been either eye-gougingly bad (Highlander 2: The Quickening) or worse (anything with Adrian Paul in it). Who thinks this is a good idea? The string movies, the two TV shows, a cartoon series and an anime movie and whatever else, has any of them actually be successful past the original?

Ok, maybe I am a little biased. The first movie still counts as one of my all time favorites and I have owned it in every conceivable format. Hell I even own all the others in one form or another, partly due to my fanboyish nature, and partly ’cause in buying them, I assume I am helping Christopher Lambert make a car payment or two.

I got your back Mr. Belgium movie star.

Source: Coming Soon

Director/writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, whose name sounds like it should be on the .99 cent menu at Taco Bell, has somehow managed to be aligned with – not 1 – but 3 unrealized Hollywood projects. Mr. Dillio (I know it’s supposed to be dillo, but dillio is so much more fun to say) was first attached to a big-feature adaptation of BioShock, based on the best-selling underwater, steampunk inspired video game. Then there was a reboot of The Crow, which could have starred Mark Wahlberg (*vomit*), Bradley Cooper (*facepalm*) or Channing Tatum (*da fuq*). Suffice to say, both these films got pulled from their respective studios. Thank jeebus about the latter film.

The only movie that seems to have fighting chance of being realized is the remake of Highlander – the film about an immortal swords man who decapitates his enemies and ignites a lighting storm or some shit.  While promoting his latest film, Intruders, at South by Southwest, Fresnadillo revealed it could be his next film and some more tidbits.

More on that later.

Right now, I want to share Mr. Dijeridu’s (hey, it’s not my fault Fresnadillo is such an unfortunate name) reason on why we haven’t seen that Bioshock movie yet.

The director spoke to Ain’t It Cool News at the film festival and first spoke about the film’s ridiculous expenses and his intention to make it R rated:

Bioshock is super complicated, it is a very high budget movie. Obviously, the studio doesn’t want to make a big budget movie with an R (rating). And it has to be an R.

He then talked about his vision of the movie, which is a little less expensive than what Gore Verbinski (previously attached creative) had in mind:

I would recommend to combine realism with good and special CGI. The most important thing is to make it feel like a real thing and I think you could do that with a good DP and a very real concept of the camera. That was something I proposed from the beginning, (for it) to work as an experience, you know? From the very beginning to the very end tracking the point of view of the hero of the story, going with him.

Not that anyone cares what I have to say, but I agree. A Bioshock movie HAS to be rated R. The game is pretty much a horror, thrill, and gore kind of game. Why would you water that down? With that said, I’m kind of glad a Biocock (typo, but I’m not changing it) movie was put on hold. I think its existing story can only work as a video game. Honestly, how the hell would you adapt such a lone-wolf, exploratory experience, huh?

Anyway, back to Highlander.

Fresnadillo…OOOOoooOOOooo told AICN that Highlander might be next on his plate and that he’d love to tweak with the original:

I think it’s about following the character. I would love, if we make the movie, to feel the immortality. Immortality is a curse and I would love to feel that. You are overcoming time, but you see at the same time that the most beautiful things, the things that you love, are dying and you continue this life as a tragedy. You can’t love with anyone because you’re going to lose that person.

I would love to introduce that flavor in a very strong way in the movie and at the same time the big connection with the Universe. “Why am I immortal? Why am I the chosen one?”

In that sense, the movie is an epic. I think it’s some kind of adventure romantic story about somebody who trying to share in his immortality with someone. I don’t want to reveal more than that, but there is a new revelation in the movie that is connecting with that in a very deep and strong way. If we make it, I hope you enjoy it!

So, basically he wants to make a film that lives up to Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” from the original movie’s sound track. *shrugs shoulders* While I do not want to see a remake of the classic flick, his intentions are in the right place.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

We were so close to seeing a reboot of The Crow. 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was set to helm the re-imagining of the mid-90s pop culture classic. Hangover hero, Bradley Cooper, was pegged to star as the goth king Erik Draven. However, both Juan and Cooper have since flown the coup. With Juan and Cooper out, the project is on a definite hiatus.

Helping us imagine what could have been, is some nifty concept art by Diego Lattore . His conceptualization depicts the same dark tone of the original. It also shows what Bradley’s final look as the Crow may have looked like. (more…)

Since Justin Lin had bailed on directing the Highlander reboot in favor of directing Fast Six, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has taken over (though he’s sticking around to be an executive producer). Another reboot. Great.

The original starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. The TV show starred Adrian Paul. This one? Who knows.

Working with Summit Entertainment and RCR Media Group, the Spanish director will begin production in 2012. The screenplay was written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway with Melissa Rosenberg (of the Twilight saga) having looked it over.

For the list of producers working on the film, check out the official press release below.


Will a Lawsuit Finally Bury The Crow?


I never understood the attraction The Crow has for some people, a scary guy in pancake makeup comes back from the dead and beats up bad guys. The crow as a bird gets a bad rap out of this whole thing. Suddenly tied to the Goth movement, the crow is just an innocent bystander caught up in the teenage angst and frustration. Really, I see the Crow in makeup and think . . . EMO KID! So when I hear that they are remaking the movie I pretty much sighed and clicked the next page. Really, the whole Crow thing wouldn’t have been so big if Brandon Lee hadn’t died, that’s what pushed it.

So producer Edward R. Pressman has been putting together a new Crow film with Relativity Media. Bradley Cooper of The Hangover has been in talks to star with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo of 28 Weeks Later directing.

Now Harvey Weinstein rises from the dead, just like the Crow sans white pancake makeup, and claims that he has a contract “signed by everybody” that gives The His company worldwide distribution rights for The Crow. TWC filed a lawsuit against Relativity Media to stop any attempt to sell distribution rights to other parties. So where does this leave the Crow movie? Bert Fields, legal rep for the Weinsteins, said,

“Mr. Kavanaugh was not going to honor that contract. Apparently, he’s going to sell these rights to others. He made a bunch of threats… Some people may submit to that kind of arrogant conduct, but we’re not going to do it. If anybody tries to buy these distribution rights in The Crow, they are buying nothing but a lawsuit and they will get sued.”

Relativity then issued the following statement:

This is yet another typical litigation stunt from the Weinsteins who have a long history of threatening law suits with the sole purpose of intimidation. If served, Relativity will seek immediate dismissal. While we expect these types of antics from the Weinsteins, we are shocked that a lawyer of Mr. Fields’ caliber would make such false, reckless and intentionally harmful statements to the press about Relativity and Mr. Kavanaugh. We intend to seek appropriate remedies for this misconduct.

Clearly this is a feeble attempt to create a press stir and a malicious effort to interfere with Relativity’s development of the project.

I would hope they both dig the legal hole so deep that we never see another Crow movie again. Rest in Peace Brandon, I liked you better in Showdown in Little Tokyo anyways.


Stupid is as stupid does. Which explains why I’m mildly retarded. However, one stupid thing I would never do is reboot a cult goth classic like The Crow. Yes sir. Some asshats have decided to dishonor the cultural significance of the original 1994, comicbook based film -which starred Brandon Lee as Eric Draven who was brutally murdered and comes back to life to hunt and kill the people responsible for his and his fiancée’s murder- by kick-starting a remake. I think we want a remake like we want to stick our genitals in a blender. Side question: Is sticking your junk in a blender a fetish? I dunno, I can’t keep track of all the bizarre sexual shit weirdos are into nowadays.

Actually, this new version of the Crow has been in the works for a while now. Once with Stephen Norrington at the helm and Nick Cave rewriting the director’s script. For a fleeting moment Mark Wahlberg was attached, but all of these people walked away before the end of 2010, reportedly because a new actor came on board and wanted a new writer to make big changes to the script. Since then word has been vague.

Well, we officially have word that 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now set to direct The Crow reboot. I dunno what’s worse. The fact that this new Crow imagining is moving forward or that the guy asked to do it makes me hungry for a burrito. 1 grande supreme please.

I think I speak for everyone when I say Brandon Lee is the only fucking Crow, so unless they’re planning to reanimate him, this shouldn’t happen.

While details of the script are unknown, production of this new Crow is set for the fall of 2011.