Remake of the big screen the 1986 sci-fi cult hit "Highlander," with "Iron Man" co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
The Russell Mulcahy-directed original starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery an Egyptian and Clancy a barbarian known as the Kurgan. The movie spawned four sequels and three television series. Peter Davis, one of the original producers of the 1986 film, will also produce the new version of the film.
Dave Bautista literally stole the show in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. So it's no wonder he is at the top of every producer's wish list whenever the idea of a new villain comes up for a remake or sequel. Earlier today we saw this WWE Superstar on the set of Spectre, playing an assassin known as Mr. Hinx opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond. Now, perpetual scoop delivery system Latino Review is breaking the rumor that Batista, as he is known to his original fan base, is being targeted as The Kurgan, the main villain in Highlander.
Latino Review claim that Dave Bautista has already signed on, but that has not yet been officially announced. The wrestler-turned-actor will play a giant barbarian in the Highlander reboot, which is coming from first time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, a VFX artist. The original 1986 movie starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scotsman and expert swordsman who must fight for decades to survive without his head being severed. He is relentlessly pursued by the Kurgan, who hopes to become the last immortal on earth. Highlander spawned quite a few sequels and a long-standing syndicated television series.Read More
Summit Entertainment is courting Tom Cruise to star in their upcoming Highlander reboot as Juan Ramirez, the character played by Sean Connery in the original Highlander. Ramirez served as a mentor to Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert) in the 1986 film that spawned the long-running Highlander franchise.
The Wrap reports that it isn't exactly known if Tom Cruise is even interested in the role, since he is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 5 and he isn't focusing on future projects at the moment. A rep for the actor acknowledged that he has been approached for the remake, although they are "far from talks" on the project. A rep for Summit made it clear that negotiations are not under way yet, but didn't deny that Tom Cruise was their top choice.Read More
Summit Entertainment has hired visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct their upcoming reboot of Highlander. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was previously attached to direct with Ryan Reynolds starring. Both have since departed the project.
The original project centered the immortal Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert). He is mentored by Ramirez (Sean Connery) and spends centuries dueling other immortal rivals. After taking out most of his kind, he find himself fighting for his life against the murderously brutal barbarian Kurgan (Clancy Brown). They fight to become the final remaining immortal, who will influence the future of mankind.Read More
Ryan Reynolds has decided to part ways with Summit Entertainment's Highlander reboot due to a very long development period.
Justin Lin was originally brought on to direct the film back in late 2009, but left in 2011 to focus on Fast & Furious 6. After his departure, the studio hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to take the reigns on the project. He left in November of 2012 after not being able to match visions with the studio. They are currently searching for his replacement, leaving the Green Lantern star in limbo. This gives the producers a chance to start over and appoint a new director, who will in turn hire a new star that fits his or her vision.Read More
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders) is parting ways with Summit Entertainment's Highlander remake. Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star.
The filmmaker first signed on last September, after Justin Lin bowed out to make The Fast and the Furious 6. The director left due to creative differences with the studio, who both had differing takes on the project. Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote the screenplay, with Neal H. Moritz, Peter S. Davis, Enrique López Lavigne and Belén Atienza producing.Read More
Ryan Reynolds has officially signed on to star in the Highlander remake for Summit Entertainment and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
We reported last month that the actor was a front runner for the role of Connor McLeod, a sword-wielding Scotsman who is one of the last immortal warriors known as Highlanders. After nearly a month's worth of negotiations, the deal is finally sealed for the Green Lantern star to portray this iconic character. He is no stranger to swordplay either, having played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.Read More
Hoping to put his Deadpool sword training to good use, Ryan Reynolds is the current front-runner for the role of Connor MacLeod in Summit Entertainment's Highlander reboot.
It is unclear at this time if an actual offer has been made, but the actor is reportedly in talks for this Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed fantasy adventure that follows an immortal Scottish swordsman who must sever the head of a brutal barbarian in order to become the last of his kind.Read More