The search for the right director is sometimes a daunting task. No, we’re not talking about Star Wars: Episode VII, we’re talking about another remake to a different and widely popular science fiction movie franchise. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has officially left the production of the Highlander remake. Now Summit Entertainment is scrambling to find another director, but remember in the world of Highlander, “there can be only one.”
According to Deadline, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) left the Highlander remake because he didn’t see eye-to-eye with Summit Entertainment on the direction of the story. He had joined Highlander after leaving the production of another remake, The Crow, last year.
It’s surprising that after one year of working on a film, Summit and Fresnadillo couldn’t decide on a storyline. It’s also surprising that the studio that brought you the Twilight Saga could be so picky with its films’ narratives.
Highlander seems like it’s a cursed production. Director Justin Lin was once attached to direct the remake but was lured away to make more Fast & Furious movies. Lin is still part of the production but only as an executive producer. Actor Ryan Reynolds is still attached to appear in Highlander but it’s unclear if he’ll play the lead role of Connor MacLeod, a role made famous by Christopher Lambert.
The Highlander remake will follow the original 1986 film’s template. The film saw an aged-old battle between immortal warriors that spilled over into modern times. The film found success in the 80s that led to a series of really bad movies and eventually a pretty-OK TV series in the 90s.
Highlander was originally set for release in 2011 (of course, that didn’t happen), and then pushed to 2014. Now it looks like the film won’t see the light of day until 2015 at the earliest.