September 12, 2011

Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, upcoming Intruders and The Crow) is in discussions to direct the Highlander reboot at Summit Entertainment and RCR Media Group, reports Deadline.

The director position became available when Justin Lin dropped out to make Fast Six for Universal Pictures.

In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the fabled Prize.

The original film starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, while the syndicated TV series featured Adrian Paul.

Neal Moritz and Peter Davis are producing the new take, written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway with a polish from Melissa Rosenberg (“The Twilight Saga”).

UPDATE: Summit Entertainment has now confirmed that Fresnadillo will direct the project. The official statement reads as follows:

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct Summit Entertainment’s re-imagination of the cult film HIGHLANDER co-financed by RCR Media Group. Summit’s HIGHLANDER is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project along with Enrique Lpez Lavigne and Belen Atienza. RCR Media Group’s principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will executive produce the film. Justin Lin will also executive produce. Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis – Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008. Production on the film is slated to begin spring of 2012.

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