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 Post subject: Highlander Reboot
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:41 pm 
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Twilight Scribe Takes Highlander

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February 9, 2011

Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of the Twilight films, is set to work on Summit Entertainment's reboot of the Highlander franchise, Heat Vision reports.

The remake, from producer Neal H. Moritz and set to be directed by Justin Lin (Fast Five) was first announced in 2009, but details on the film's development have been relatively quite.

The original film told the story of a race of immortals and one, Connor MacLeod who, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, finds himself face to face with a violent killer, determined to claim the fabled prize associated with becoming the very last survivor.

The film spawned several sequels, both theatrically and made for television as well as both live-action and animated television series.


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 Post subject: Re: Highlander
PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 1:14 pm 
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RCR Media Group to Co-Finance Summit's Highlander

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May 16, 2011

Summit Entertainment and RCR Media Group confirmed today that RCR will co-finance Summit's re-imagination of the epic adventure Highlander which is being designed for a global audience.

Highlander will be directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project. RCR Media Group's principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will serve as executive producers on the film. Summit acquired the rights to remake the classic from Davis - Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008.

In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize.

RCR Media Group's Chairman Rui Costa Reis said: "'Highlander' is a property that is known around the world and Summit's re-imagination is sure to appeal to both existing and new fans of the 'Highlander' lore."

RCR CEO Eliad Josephson said: "We plan on this being the first of many projects we work on with Summit."


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 Post subject: Re: Highlander
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:17 am 
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Exclusive: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Talks Highlander

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March 26, 2012

Back in 1986, Russell Mulcahy directed Highlander, an action fantasy film starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery about a battle between immortal warriors, which became an immediate cult hit leading to five more films, a television show, animated series and more.

Granted, the movies were never huge commercial successes, at least theatrically, as seen by Highlander: Endgame which grossed just 12.8 million total in 2000--it cost $15 million--but Summit Entertainment has been interested in reviving and rebooting the franchise, a plan that's been in the works for nearly four years.

Most recently, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was named to reboot the character and while speaking with Fresnadillo and actor Clive Owen for their latest film Intruders, SuperHeroHype sister site ShockTillYouDrop.com got around to asking Fresnadillo about the anticipated reboot, which is still in the cards.

"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," he told them.

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."

You can read the rest of the interview with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Clive Owen over on ShockTillYouDrop.com.


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 Post subject: Re: Highlander
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:51 am 
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another ugh... really? Does this really need a reboot and maybe more of a touch up. Perhaps the sequels all took a bad direction for the worst but does the first movie need to be touched?

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 Post subject: Re: Highlander
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:09 am 
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Nope. It doesn't.

I guess this is what being old means. Cherished childhood movies get remade. :roll:

There's one movie I wouldn't mind a remake of: THEM.

Giant ants versus the military? Sign me up. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Highlander
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 11:31 am 
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Ryan Reynolds the Frontrunner for Highlander

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May 18, 2012

Variety is reporting that Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment is eyeing Ryan Reynolds to star in the Highlander reboot.

"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," says the trade.

In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo set to direct from a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.


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 Post subject: Re: Highlander
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:04 am 
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Ryan Reynolds IS Highlander

Green Lantern star will play immortal Conner MacLeod in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's forthcoming reboot.

by Chris Tilly

June 27, 2012

Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Connor MacLeod in the forthcoming reboot of the Highlander franchise.

According to The Tracking Board - who broke the story - Reynolds has been in negotiations for the last month to play the immortal, who was a sword-happy Scot in the original.

There’s no word yet as to whether Reynolds will be attempting a Celtic brogue in the reboot, though we recently caught up with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who told us the following about his vision for the flick, including whether or not he'll be using any of Queen's iconic soundtrack.



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 Post subject: Re: Highlander Reboot
PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:47 pm 
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Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Departs Highlander

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November 30, 2012

A little over a year after he first signed on to the project, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is leaving Summit Entertainment's upcoming reboot of the Highlander franchise. Deadline has the news, saying that while creative differences between Fresnadillo and the studio led to an amicable split, Ryan Reynolds remains attached to the project to play the leading role.

In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize.

Written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Highlander will be produced by Neal H. Mortiz, Peter Davis, Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. RCR Media Group's principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will executive produce the film along with Justin Lin.


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 Post subject: Re: Highlander Reboot
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:56 pm 
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Ryan Reynolds Drops Out of Summit's Highlander Reboot

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June 17, 2013

The Wrap is reporting exclusively that Ryan Reynolds has dropped out of Summit Entertainment's long-in-development reboot of Highlander with producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis, following the departure of 28 Week Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo last November.

Although Summit was reportedly going to move forward to find a replacement for Fresnadillo, who developed the reboot for well over a year before departing, the lack of a director may have forced Reynolds' hand in departing the project himself. Reynolds was meant to play Connor MacLeod, "an immortal Scottish swordsman forced to confront the Kurgan, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled 'Prize.'"

Many writers have worked on the reboot including Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Noah Oppenheim and even "The Twilight Saga" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, while four-time "Fast and Furious" helmer Justin Lin was originally attached to direct the project before Fresnadillo came on board.

The original Highlander movie, released way back in 1986 and starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, became a cult hit that led to a successful home video release, although the attempted 1991 sequel Highlander II: The Quickening was a box office bomb. Highlander was then turned into a television series in the years that followed and the original movie continued to find an audience during multiple DVD releases in the early 21st century, seemingly making it a viable property for a reboot.

Even without the movie, Reynolds has a full plate this year as he provides his voice in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo and is paired with Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., both releasing in mid-July. He stars in Tarsem Singh's Selfless, which has just been dated by FilmDistrict for Sept. 26, 2014. He also finished working on two thrillers, Atom Egoyan's Queen of the Night and Marjane (Persepolis) Satrapi's The Voices.


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 Post subject: Re: Highlander Reboot
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:38 pm 
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Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to Direct Highlander

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October 28, 2013

Things have been relatively quiet on the Highlander reboot front ever since the formerly-attached Juan Carlos Fresnadillo departed the project last year before losing would-be leading man Ryan Reynolds this summer. Now, Deadline reports that things are picking up again and that visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is now slated to make the film his directorial debut.

The original Highlander movie, released way back in 1986, stars Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. After centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod (Lambert), an immortal Scottish swordsman is forced to confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize that comes with being the last of their kind.

Many writers have worked on the reboot including, most recently, Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Their take is said to be the one that Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment is very happy with and the plan is now to move forward with, in addition to Nicolas-Troyan at the helm, Neal H. Mortiz, Peter Davis and (formerly attached to direct) Justin Lin producing.


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