“There can only be one.” Ryan Reynolds has exited the Highlander reboot in the works from Summit Entertainment and producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis. According to The Wrap, Reynolds left the project on good terms with Summit, and it was considered an amicable split by the producers. However, this puts the Highlander reboot project back to square one.
The Highlander reboot had been in development with director Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) attached to helm the project. He left the project in November 2012 because he didn’t see eye-to-eye with the film’s producers about a direction for the reboot. Ironically enough, Fresnadillo left then joined up with another reboot: The Crow, with actor Luke Evans in the title role.
Summit Entertainment now wants to move quickly with the Highlander reboot, but with no director or lead, it’s got quite a few things to sort out before we’ll be able to see it in theaters. The project has been in the works for years now, and has gone through multiple creative teams. At one time, director Justin Lin was attached to helm the Highlander reboot. He ultimately opted out and went on to the Fast and The Furious film series with Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6.
Ryan Reynolds would have taken the lead role as Connor MacLeod, the immortal Scottish swordsman played by Christopher Lambert in the original Highlander film series.
In the long run, this might actually benefit the film because Ryan Reynolds is not a very good leading man. He was vastly disappointing in the role of Hal Jordan in 2011’s Green Lantern. Ryan Reynolds serves better in supporting roles, such as his performance in Safe House with Denzel Washington.
But we’re left with the question: who will they cast as Connor now?