Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Will Direct the Highlander Reboot – UPDATED

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Christopher Lambert in Highlander (1986) Movie ImageUPDATE

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.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    Kind of disappointing, I think Justin Lin could have at least delivered some hard-edged sword fighting action and a semi-decent storyline. I personally think this is one remake that doesn’t need to happen (which is saying something ’cause I’m usually indefferent to them). On another note, THE SEARCH FOR VENGEANCE is actually very well known amongst Highlander and anime fans and was very successful. It’s actually the most positively accepted film in the whole series save for the first one. The imdb.com rankings for the entire film series are as follows:
    Highlander (7.2)
    Highlander II: The Qickening (3.7)
    Highlander: The Final Dimension (3.9)
    Highlander: Endgame (4.3)
    Highlander: The Source (3.2)
    Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (7.0)

    You were right though Nix, a lot of people figured that Vengeance would successfully reinvigorate the franchise (that’s when word of a remake first surfaced) but were really surprised when almost 4 years later……nil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    Kind of disappointing, I think Justin Lin could have at least delivered some hard-edged sword fighting action and a semi-decent storyline. I personally think this is one remake that doesn’t need to happen (which is saying something ’cause I’m usually indefferent to them). On another note, THE SEARCH FOR VENGEANCE is actually very well known amongst Highlander and anime fans and was very successful. It’s actually the most positively accepted film in the whole series save for the first one. The imdb.com rankings for the entire film series are as follows:
    Highlander (7.2)
    Highlander II: The Qickening (3.7)
    Highlander: The Final Dimension (3.9)
    Highlander: Endgame (4.3)
    Highlander: The Source (3.2)
    Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (7.0)

    You were right though Nix, a lot of people figured that Vengeance would successfully reinvigorate the franchise (that’s when word of a remake first surfaced) but were really surprised when almost 4 years later……nil.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      I second the motion for Justin Lin.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Highlander could totally use a reboot. It’s a great concept with a lot of history built right into it. Better swords, better fight choreography, etc etc.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Highlander could totally use a reboot. It’s a great concept with a lot of history built right into it. Better swords, better fight choreography, etc etc.

  • Luke

    I’d like to see this thing happen as long as they don’t screw it up by adding anything stupid (such as using guns). No immortal uses guns. If they make this movie they should go by the original movie only, as all the rest of them sucked a metric ton of ass. I’m sure there are some cool things they could use from the TV series, because it was pretty decent. But even the first movie had some wtf moments like the prize being telepathy and the ability to have children??? I mean wtf. Out of all the creative people in Hollywood surely someone can think of something better than that. The core premise is just badass though…sword carrying immortals, battles to the death, pursuit of power, there can be only one. What they should do is keep all the stuff that worked, then look at everything that didn’t work and change it. I just hope they don’t add anything, especially guns. That’s probably why the sequels flopped. They tried adding more and more crap and the story just made less and less sense as it dragged on. What they need is a solid foundation and they should start by figuring out what the frickin’ prize is…

  • Chrisbrendaperry

    i think it could use Reboot but they should have some of the orignal cast in it also

  • brad

    this could be epic if done right with the right actors and add in some of the inmortals from the tv show and change a few things like have conner teach duncan and just have Ramirez show up couse he was hunting the kurgan and just ran in two those two becouse the kurgan was hunting them and never explain the prize pull in the four horseman into as well as the watchers and a few others like a Amanda and do something shocking have conner die and out steps duncan and challages the kurgan who is all ready tried but love the fight but never have the story were there is only a few left. the end battle show couse something that starts the gathering and for the love of god do not have the kurgan have daddy issues he just a warrior with a thrill to fight and is very evil and dont give two shits what he has to do he does bottom line

    • brad

      plus they should use cain from the third one as well change it a bit but have one huge fight with the kurgan in the middle of the movie just to gave more to the kurgan as the one true badass like i said with the right actors this could be epic hell they could even have a flash back were the kurgan was helping with the slave ship and throw luther into and show how cruel the kurgan can be and then have another huge fight with him and Rebecca Horne and have some way she gets away.also add some with kronos and Howard Crowley in the old west involing duncan this movie played right could realy jump start the whole thing for movies put they have to stay away from the second movie the source and that demon and never say there only two left keep it going they have alot of realy good inmortals to work with and they dont even need to kill the kurgan the frist time leave it and buit it he is the bad guy the most powerfull of all of them they could make a trilogy and at the end of the last one then kill him but fleash it out over the frist two and then the last one throw a r rate on it and go balls out

  • Martialstrength

    If you had fought wars for as long as these guys would have you would use every weapon at your disspossal. Hell I think you should have a real pacticle Immortal who uses a cut down 12 Guage shot gun and a Hog Cleaver.

    Good they dont have Lin, F& F is crap, all of them. It’s Highlander, it needs a European feel to it, not hip hop.

    Do you think people that old would like that crap?