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Summit has made it official: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct the “Highlander” reboot, but no word whether that means he’s dropped out of “The Crow” remake, or if he still intends to do both. Which would be quite the feat, but there you have it.
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Now that Justin Lin has decided he’d rather direct another “Fast and Furious” movie (cause God knows we all need another one of those), that leaves Summit’s reboot of “Highlander” up a creek without a director. If the studio has its way, “28 Weeks Later” director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is their man.
No word if Fresnadillo is interested, though he’s already partnered up with Summit on another undisclosed movie, so there’s already an existing relationship there. Fresnadillo, meanwhile, is still attached to reboot “The Crow” for producer Edward Pressman, so it looks unlikely Fresnadillo could fit another reboot into that busy schedule, unless Summit is willing to wait for him to be available.
Then again, the “Highlander” reboot has been in the works since 2008, and as of right now there isn’t even an actor attached, or a finished script. The last we heard, “Twilight’s” Melissa Rosenberg was putting her own feminine touch on the film about ageless immortals going around beheading each other to obtain “the Prize”, cause what’s more feminine than that?
The original starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, both of whom returned for the wacky, futuristic sequel “Highlander 2: The Quickening”. Lambert continued in the franchise through part 3, “Highlander: The Final Dimension” before handling the torch over to Adrian Paul, star of the “Highlander” TV series, in part 4, “Highlander: Endgame”. Paul would do another “Highlander” movie, the stunningly awful “Highlander: The Source” in 2007. They tried to revive the franchise in the same year with a direct-to-DVD animated movie called “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance”, but the fact that you’ve probably never heard of it means it wasn’t very successful.