Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Drops Out Of Ryan Reynold's HIGHLANDER Remake
There can be only one! First Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") pulls out of directing "The Crow" remake, and now he departs from the "Highlander" remake, which has Ryan Reynolds attached.
Not a lot is known about Summit Entertainment's planned remake of the original 1986 Highlander film except that Ryan Reynolds will be portraying Connor MacLeod and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo would be directing. But according to today's report from Deadline Juan Carlos has exited the project.
"I’m told that his exit is amicable, and that after a year of working on the project, he and Summit could not get past the fact they had differing views of the film, and finally agreed to disagree. Fresnadillo left a remake of The Crow to join Highlander. It’s unclear at the moment whether that is an option, but come Monday, he will be looking for another movie, and Summit will be looking for another Highlander helmer." - Deadline
1986's Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown, spanned a four sequels, animated series, animated film, and even a live-action television series, which starred Adrian Paul. In the original film, Lambert played Connor MacLeod, an immortal from the Scottish Highlands, that was born in the 16th century.
Perhaps one of the most unintentionally funny things about the film is that Sean Connery plays Connor MacLeod's mentor. A man that would help train the Highlander and is vital to providing the audience with the background to the rules of the Immortals. Now that isn't the funny part, what is funny is that Sean Connery is playing a character named, Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez. Connery is playing a character that is born in Egypt and does nothing to hide his natural Scottish accent. Nearly as funny as his portrayal of a Russian submarine captain (Marko Ramius) in The Hunt for Red October.
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