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.
Insert "There can be only one director" jokes here. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, director of '28 Weeks Later' and last year's 'Intruders,' was set to direct a 'Highlander' remake with Ryan Reynolds attached to star. It looks like he and production company Summit have made a decision to see other people as he's now leaving the project. But what does that mean for the 'Highlander' remake/reboot/whatever it ends up being?
Ryan Reynolds has not had an easy time with franchises. He's the kind of handsome, charismatic and blandly likeable actor you'd think would be leading his own action franchise by now but despite a few attempts - his 'Blade' spinoff went nowhere, 'Deadpool' continues to go nowhere and the less said about 'The Green Lantern' the better - has come up empty.
But if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Enter: 'Highlander.'
It's not easy being Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and we mean that sarcastically. The '28 Days Later' director has been handed every other major remake or adapted property from here to kingdom come. Thankfully and or sadly, whichever you choose, that also means that he can't take on every project that goes his way. He's done this before with 'The Crow' and is now taking similar action to another production he's attached to.