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28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo in talks to direct Highlander reboot

09.12.2011

Summit thought they had a good thing going when they attached FAST FIVE director Justin Lin to their HIGHLANDER reboot before he became one of the hottest acts in town. But once FAST FIVE blew up at the box-office, Lin had a change of plans and left HIGHLANDER in the dust. But Summit is not ready to give up and has entered into talks with 28 WEEKS LATER director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to take over the project.

Fresnadillo is currently at the Toronto Film Festival with his Clive Owen thriller INTRUDERS, which is set to premiere tonight. Summit perhaps wanted to get a jump on any post-screening buzz around the young director by entering into talks before his movie debuted.

There's only one small issue here. Fresnadillo, if you'll remember, is also attached to direct another reboot - Relativity's update of THE CROW. The project once had Bradley Cooper attached to star but when the actor left the project, it's possible that he took Fresnadillo with him.

I'm honestly a little surprised that the weak performance of Lionsgate's CONAN didn't give Summit gold feet about rebooting HIGHLANDER. (Not that the two properties have a ton in common but I wouldn't be surprised if they took the leak from one sword-heavy reboot to another.) But Summit has been developing the film for over three years and is likely anxious to get some return on their investment.

If you had to choose between a CROW remake and a HIGHLANDER remake, which would you pick and why?

Extra Tidbit: And who would you pick to remake Queen's HIGHLANDER theme song "Hammer to Fall?"
Source: Deadline

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10:25PM on 09/13/2011
Thomas Jane is The Punishlander. "There can be only *machine gun fire*"
WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVA! *scene cuts to Thomas Jane shoving a grenade down the Kurgan's throat* "I took his head and raped his woman before his blood was even *KA-BOOM!*"
Thomas Jane is The Punishlander. "There can be only *machine gun fire*"
WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVA! *scene cuts to Thomas Jane shoving a grenade down the Kurgan's throat* "I took his head and raped his woman before his blood was even *KA-BOOM!*"
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5:29PM on 09/13/2011
I bet there will be a time where every widely known movie whether domestic or foreign will have multiple remakes and we will have to number them by the years they were made. Halloween 1978, Halloween 2007, Halloween 2030....and so on.
I bet there will be a time where every widely known movie whether domestic or foreign will have multiple remakes and we will have to number them by the years they were made. Halloween 1978, Halloween 2007, Halloween 2030....and so on.
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3:57PM on 09/13/2011
I've been saying for awhile that this franchise potential to be awesome again. Casting: Jane or Fassbender as MacLeod, Neeson or Perlman as Ramirez, Rachel Weisz as whatsherface & Kevin Durant??? as Kurgan.
I've been saying for awhile that this franchise potential to be awesome again. Casting: Jane or Fassbender as MacLeod, Neeson or Perlman as Ramirez, Rachel Weisz as whatsherface & Kevin Durant??? as Kurgan.
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12:19PM on 09/13/2011
I'd be more open to Highlander movie simply because the setting of the film could be more easily updated/manipulated than The Crow. The Crow, more so in the graphic novel but to a point in the film, relied heavily upon the song lyrics of music from that time period. A reboot using that music would feel dated to new viewers unfamiliar with the work and if the reboot used new music, it would seem to be a travesty to the original fans.
I'd be more open to Highlander movie simply because the setting of the film could be more easily updated/manipulated than The Crow. The Crow, more so in the graphic novel but to a point in the film, relied heavily upon the song lyrics of music from that time period. A reboot using that music would feel dated to new viewers unfamiliar with the work and if the reboot used new music, it would seem to be a travesty to the original fans.
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8:16AM on 09/13/2011
The reboot is a bad idea but at least they got a good director attached now.
The reboot is a bad idea but at least they got a good director attached now.
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9:12PM on 09/12/2011

I didnt even read the article

the title alone made me jizz in my pants.
the title alone made me jizz in my pants.
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5:21PM on 09/12/2011
I would take highlander any time over the crow. The crow original can never be duplicated and all the stuff after the original was nothing but crap. Highlander on the other hand still has a lot of potential for new storylines with new characters and action. Yeah they could turn highlander upside down with tons of new stories where is nothing can replace the original the crow.
I would take highlander any time over the crow. The crow original can never be duplicated and all the stuff after the original was nothing but crap. Highlander on the other hand still has a lot of potential for new storylines with new characters and action. Yeah they could turn highlander upside down with tons of new stories where is nothing can replace the original the crow.
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2:01PM on 09/12/2011

There can be only one! Dammit!

I have to agree to disagree on this. Enough with the remakes! Get back to doing something orginal. I still stick to my idea to do a Crow movie in Mexico City with Michele Rodriguez or in Hong Kong with Maggie Q and lastly Prague with Asia Argento
I have to agree to disagree on this. Enough with the remakes! Get back to doing something orginal. I still stick to my idea to do a Crow movie in Mexico City with Michele Rodriguez or in Hong Kong with Maggie Q and lastly Prague with Asia Argento
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1:29PM on 09/12/2011

NEITHER!

HOLLYWOOD STOP F**KING WITH THE CLASSICS PLEASE! They are great films as they are and do not require reboots. Highlander is one of my all time favs & the Crow is right there with it.
HOLLYWOOD STOP F**KING WITH THE CLASSICS PLEASE! They are great films as they are and do not require reboots. Highlander is one of my all time favs & the Crow is right there with it.
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12:28PM on 09/12/2011
If they have to then my pick for 'Highlander' would be Thomas Jane.
If they have to then my pick for 'Highlander' would be Thomas Jane.
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12:32PM on 09/12/2011
Only because Chris Lambert looked EXACTLY like him back then. That's all I could think when I saw it again a week ago.
Only because Chris Lambert looked EXACTLY like him back then. That's all I could think when I saw it again a week ago.
12:47PM on 09/12/2011
That's an awesome call, The_Soloist.
That's an awesome call, The_Soloist.
11:32AM on 09/13/2011
Isn't he swinging his sword on HBO?
Isn't he swinging his sword on HBO?
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11:54AM on 09/12/2011
I think enough time has passed that it would be cool to get a new take on it. Highlander is a cool story and I think more people should get into the universe, and the only real way to do that is to reboot/remake it.

You can't really expect people to go back to the originals if they've never heard of the franchise - and this will help spread the word.
I think enough time has passed that it would be cool to get a new take on it. Highlander is a cool story and I think more people should get into the universe, and the only real way to do that is to reboot/remake it.

You can't really expect people to go back to the originals if they've never heard of the franchise - and this will help spread the word.
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11:26AM on 09/12/2011
How about neither remake?
How about neither remake?
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8:43PM on 09/12/2011
hear hear
hear hear
11:22AM on 09/12/2011
Basically this is racist. Movie executives sat around spitballing who should get the director's gig and one of them jumped up and proclaimed "There can be only Juan!"
Thus Fresnadillo was hired.
Basically this is racist. Movie executives sat around spitballing who should get the director's gig and one of them jumped up and proclaimed "There can be only Juan!"
Thus Fresnadillo was hired.
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10:44AM on 09/12/2011
I'd choose Highlander. This might be a bit of minor detail but I can't imagine who can replace Queen's soundtrack of the original Highlander. Freddie Mercury's voice in "Who wants to live forever" is very chilling and powerful. I think the band The Killers would be a nice choice for the soundtrack.
I'd choose Highlander. This might be a bit of minor detail but I can't imagine who can replace Queen's soundtrack of the original Highlander. Freddie Mercury's voice in "Who wants to live forever" is very chilling and powerful. I think the band The Killers would be a nice choice for the soundtrack.
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10:33AM on 09/12/2011
If they do it "right", this version of 'Highlander' won't need to wait until the sequel to be unmitigated shite.
If they do it "right", this version of 'Highlander' won't need to wait until the sequel to be unmitigated shite.
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10:00AM on 09/12/2011
Don't reboot Highlander! Just don't!
Don't reboot Highlander! Just don't!
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