So that reboot/remake of the 1986 cult classic film, Highlander, may just be a little further from happening than Summit Entertainment and Producer Neal Moritz may have wanted. The film lost its Director last year in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) until his ideas for the film clashed with the vision that Moritz and company had in mind.
The team putting this film together have been scrambling ever since Fresnadillo’s departure, but couldn’t get it going fast enough. Reynolds had been attached to this project for a while, but he’s still a young actor and despite his poor choices in the films he stars in (Blade: Trinity, Green Lantern) he’s a solid actor who still has time to get his star to rise up into the upper echelon of actors.
This news may come off as good to some, bad to others. When Reynolds was originally announced for the reboot many fans cheered because he truly has a very large cult following (I’m a card-carrying member), but there were many others who jeered this choice due to his failure with previous outings. I personally think he would have done great things with this role and maybe… just MAYBE… this film could have revitalized the Highlander franchise. Then again it could have easily been another flop for Reynolds resumé.
To refresh our reader’s minds a little – The Highlander follows a the story of a man named Connor MacLeod… of the Clan MacLeod… who discovers he is one of the last immortals in existence. The immortals must fight the other survivors of their kind (via awesome swordplay) until the very last in order to obtain “The Prize” – Basically true immortality.
Previous sequels to the cult classic film have been largely unsuccessful, terrible, ridiculous beyond belief, laughably dumb, or all of the above. The last good Highlander entry (in my opinion) was the anime direct to dvd short film, Highlander: The Search For Vengeance, directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust). It was the one and only film made in the saga that actually kept the spirit of the original film. It even managed to take some of the more ridiculous elements of the previous sequels that did not belong in the franchise and made them work. I highly recommend it. Anime fan or not, it’s the best Highlander movie since the first one. Here’s some scenes from the film to give you an idea.
What do you think about the departure of Ryan Reynolds from this film?