Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Frontrunner to Helm HIGHLANDER Reboot [Updated with Confirmation and Production Date]

     September 12, 2011


Last month, we reported that Fast Five helmer Justin Lin was no longer attached to direct the Highlander reboot. It made sense, as he’s got quite a full plate at the moment (Terminator, Fast Six, etc.), and he’s still staying on Highlander in a producing capacity. Now it looks like a replacement may have been found, as 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is currently the frontrunner to take the job. Deadline reports that Fresnadillo is in now in discussions to take the reins of the reboot of the 1986 film that starred Christopher Lambert.

The Highlander script has gone through a few iterations, as The Wibberleys (National Treasure) wrote the first draft, then Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg took a pass at it, and most recently Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were hired to lend their pen. In addition to Highlander, Fresnadillo is also attached to direct a remake of The Crow. Bradley Cooper recently dropped out as star of that film, but Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum have been mentioned as possible replacements.

[Update: Summit Entertainment has reached out and confirmed that Fresnadillo will indeed direct Highlander with production set to begin in Spring 2012.]

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