‘Highlander’ Remake Lands First-Time Director
Summit Entertainment’s planned ‘Highlander‘ remake has hit a few snags along the way, with Ryan Reynolds dropping out of the lead role and Justin Lin having vacated the director’s chair in favor of ‘Fast and Furious 6.’ However, the project is slowly but surely getting back on track, and has hired a first-time director to man the helm.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who most recently was the special effects supervisor on ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ is set to make his feature film directorial debut with the new ‘Highlander.’ Speaking with Deadline, he said:
I have been working on my pitch for this since the summer, and when I got there I met the original producer and I just started geeking out and he loved it. The first movie came out when I was a teenager in France and it was one of my favorite films of those years. I loved the series also, they shot a lot of it in France, on the Seine River. My first reaction, like everybody else, was, really, do we need a remake? Then I read the script, and I thought about how Russell Mulcahy was this super visual video director who brought the pulse of the ’80s to the film so well. I started thinking about taking those great characters and matching them with a modern, visceral take, and then I was in love with the idea and I just went for it.
The original ‘Highlander,’ starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, centered on an immortal Scottish warrior spending centuries cutting down his rivals with his immense sword before ultimately facing off against the brutal barbarian Krugan, played by Clancy Brown. The film was survived by a syndicated series starring Adrian Paul, and it was Troyan’s love for this series, paired with his extensive knowledge of the ‘Highlander’ mythology, that helped him score the gig.
The ‘Highlander’ remake is scripted by ‘Iron Man’ writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, and is said to take a note from the original film.