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VFX Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to Direct 'Highlander' Reboot

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October 29, 2013

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Over the past year, Summit Entertaimnent's reboot of Highlander has lost both its director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), and star Ryan Reynolds. But now the project might be getting back on track as Deadline reports the studio has hired Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to make his directorial debut on the feature film which has a script from Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. It seems like a risk to let an inexperienced director take on a film that will require ample special effects, but Nicolas-Troyan was the VFX supervisor on Snow White and the Huntsman and the first two Pirates of the Caribbean films.

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. Lambert played the title immortal who was guided by Ramirez (Connery) and fought for centuries to become the last remaining immortal who will influence the future of mankind. The Highlander's final adversary was the barbarian Kurgan (Clancy Brown), who partake in an epic battle to settle this dispute. It's been popular in certain nerd sects, but isn't exactly well known.

Nicolas-Troyan was up against several unnamed, experienced directors, but Deadline says he is a "Comic-Con caliber fan" of the franchise, and worked his ass off to make sure he got the job:

"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. 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.”

Now we just have to see who will step up to play the title role. The director will do a quick pass of the script to make sure everything is in order to start casting and shooting sometime in 2014. As for Nicolas-Troyan's take on the project, “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.” Could this be a new franchise for Summit? We'll see

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  • Bl00dwerK
    I just hope it's good...
  • MovieLuvr
    You said, "It's been popular in certain nerd sects, but isn't exactly well known." ???? Really? Everyone I hang with (35-45 years old) has heard of and all love Highlander. Especially the first movie. In fact, we all agree the true tragedy of the franchise is that none of the sequal's or the TV show (which did have some great episodes IMHO) never lived up to the potential shown in that first, brilliant movie. Shame there has to be a "reboot" instead of a true sequel. I love it when they make sequel's - brings relevance back to the first film rather than erasing what's already been made great.
  • LBR
    "there can be only one….." you would think they would learn, trashy sequels and now this , which I'm not pinning my hopes on. the original made it big because it was a b movie that did it on video rentals. and we love it….. hollywood you are destroying my youth…….. you would think they would have learned after the star wars prequels…… "yeh! lets not bring any of the main stars back, that will work" ! I've just seen 4 great films in a row, Captain phillips , prisoners, the best offer and the truly amazing gravity…….. this proves that there are great stories out there if they look. and remember the 3 key words, script, script, script……….
  • cobrazombie
    Well it surely can't be any worse than the original. I tried to watch it again recently on DVD and couldn't finish it.
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    There can be only On...what! OK! There can be only Tw...WHAT! OK! There can be only Three...Directors!

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