There Can Be Only One! Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Set To Direct Highlander Remake
I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Christopher Lambert since my introduction to sci-fi was 1986′s Highlander, in which he played a long-lived, sword-wielding bad mutha fucka who frequently proclaimed that “there can be only one” and chopping dudes heads off. It’s certainly going to be strange to see someone else take over that role in Summit’s upcoming series reboot.
28 Days Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been confirmed as director, according to Deadline, which hopefully means that his penchant for bloody violence will hold strong in what should be an R-rated remake. Once set to direct the Bioshock adaptation before that fell apart (for the time being), Fresnadillo should have no problem translating the violent nature of Highlander to a new generation with some hopefully updated special effects.
Scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, the team behind 2008’s Iron Man script, delivered a script based around the original film, which was then tweaked by Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Don’t let the word Twilight put you off, Rosenberg also pens for Dexter and is no stranger to bloody violence, despite spending some time this decade making sparkly vampires hug each other.
Ultimately, we don’t have any reason to be upset that this film is getting remade…yet. It has the potential to be awful, no doubt, but until we know who will play Conner MacLeod and Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, originally played by Sean Connery, reserve judgement and reign in your hatred. Getting actors in there like Viggo Mortensen or Ray Winstone could make this remake great. More as it comes to us.