'Intruders' Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Lands 'Highlander' Reboot
His film The Intruders starring Clive Owen is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival today (stay tuned to Alex's coverage from the festival right here), but Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has just landed a high profile gig to follow his horror thriller. Deadline reports the filmmaker is in talks to helm the reboot of the 1986 sci-fi fantasy film Highlander, a project recently vacated by Fast Five director Justin Lin who will be busy with another installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise and a new Terminator film. Fresnadillo is also attached to direct The Crow, another reboot of previous adaptation.
The original epic fantasy (starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery) had our hero battling an unstoppable barbarian who covets the power gained from there being only one of near-immortal beings left alive. In a strange turn, the script (from Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway) was revealed to be re-written by The Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and while that seems disconcerting at first, the writer also scripted several episodes of the fantastic drama series "Dexter" on Showtime. The question remains as to who will become the Highlanders in this reboot. Any suggestions?