After losing two directors, and generallly being kicked around over the last few years, it looks like Summit Entertainment is finally ready to get serious with their Highlander reboot/remake. They've hired Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to helm the sword-swinging action flick as his directorial debut. Come inside for all the details!
I think I've made it clear over the years (and false starts with this film) that I love Highlander. It's one of my most beloved franchises and I've been dying to see another good film (or anything) come out of it. The last straight to DVD movie (The Source) was beyond embarassing, and it makes me sad that it's what most people associate with it now. The original film is still a classic, with great ideas and themes, providing a wealth of storytelling opportunities. I'm glad to see Summit getting back on the ball with this remake.
According to Deadline, they've hired Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (a first time director) to helm the project and finally bring it to the big screen. Most recently he was the visual effects supervisor and second unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman, so it's not like he's a total novice, and it's obvious he has a passion for the material judging on what he said about landing the gig:
“I have been working on my pitch for this since the summer, and when I got there I met the original producer and I just started geeking out and he loved it. The first movie came out when I was a teenager in France and it was one of my favorite films of those years. I loved the series also, they shot a lot of it in France, on the Seine River. My first reaction, like everybody else, was, really, do we need a remake? Then I read the script, and I thought about how Russell Mulcahy was this super visual video director who brought the pulse of the 80s to the film so well. I started thinking about taking those great characters and matching them with a modern, visceral take, and then I was in love with the idea and I just went for it. …
For me, it all comes down to that first movie, but there are great themes in the show. It’s the rare cross-genre concept that has elements of the Western, time travel, fantasy, action, contemporary. There are universal themes, but of course you need to provide the answers like the first film did. Who are these guys with swords? Why are they fighting each other? What is the prize and how are they drawn to each other? There is far more at work here I want to explore than the lightning that happens during the Quickening.”
Troyan will be overseeing the latest rewrite on the script in the hopes of getting production started in 2014, meaning it's possible we could see the film in the already awesome year of 2015. Guess we'll have to wait and see. What do you guys think of this decision?