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Director Of Summit’s Highlander Remake Runs For The Hills

If this is the first you’re hearing about the Highlander remake, I apologize. Last year, Fast Five director Justin Lin was attached to the project. He took over the post of executive producer when 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was brought on board. And oh yeah, Ryan Reynolds is starring as Connor MacLeod. But today we’re here to talk about Fresnadillo’s decision to exit the project altogether.

If Lin wasn’t still involved in the project I’d wager the directors were in their own battle to be the last immortal standing. But apparently this was a less violent departure.

Deadline writes, “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 previously left the remake of The Crow to join Highlander so he’s two-for-two now. “Summit Entertainment remains bullish on Highlander, which has a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, with the latest draft by Noah Oppenheim,” says Deadline.

I’m not too familiar with Fresnadillo’s work so I can’t say whether this disappoints me. Do you have a director in mind you think would be good for this project?

(via Collider)

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  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Nuke this remake from orbit — it’s the only way to be sure. Actually, nuke ALL remakes. Also, Russell Mulcahy is still alive. If they absolutely have to make this abomination.

  • Kat Covington


  • Anonymous

    Russell Mulcahy? I love the first Highlander to death but I wander if the stars had simply aligned for its creation, consider how Highlander 2 turned out. Now he makes such works as episodes of Teen Wolf and Resident Evil: Extinction.

  • Matt Stevens

    #1. They intend it to be PG-13. EPIC FAIL on that. #2. The script is horrid. Just terrible. So LEAVE THIS BE!! JUST STOP!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry; if this version of Highlander is awful, they’ll just reboot it within the next 10 years.

    (And if this version doesn’t suck, they’ll reboot it in 5.) :P

  • Anonymous


  • Guest

    He didn’t write the script to Highlander II.

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Never fear Kat. Someone somewhere is planning to destroy every last story you cherish, with a re-make/boot/dux.

  • Anonymous

    He did direct it.

  • Anonymous

    There should only have BEEN one…

  • anid89

    If they’re doing a remake actually called “Highlander,” shouldn’t it have a Scottish guy in it? I’m voting for Gerard Butler!

  • Melynda Scarborough

    If they insist on remaking Highlander, one of my favorite not really great but I love it anyway movies from the 80s, maybe they could eject Ryan Reynolds from the project and find a Scotsman to play, you know, the Highlander. Or even someone British. Sadly a lot of us Americans don’t seem to know the difference.

  • Mark Ludwig

    Joss Wheadon, please save this thing.