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Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo dishes on Bioshock and his Highlander reboot

Mar. 15, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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It seems that in the mind of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER), there can only be one.  Project he's working on, that is.  And that chosen project is the HIGHLANDER reboot, as he revealed in an interview with Quint (Eric Vespe) over at Ain't It Cool News.

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Fresnadillo has been attached to direct the BIOSHOCK adaptation for some time now but the movie is pretty much dead in the water.  Previous director/now producer Gore Verbinski explained a bit about what happened here, insofar as no studio being willing to do the material justice by allowing an R Rating or willing to front the necessary cash.  But lest you think this is a LONE RANGER-type situation, the price tag for BIOSHOCK was actually so high because Verbinski/Fresnadillo were planning to build huge detailed practical sets.

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And while Fresnadillo would have added a bit more CGI, "the most important thing is to make it feel like a real thing and I think you could do that with a good DP and a very real concept of the camera.  That was something I proposed from the beginning, (for it) to work as an experience, you know? From the very beginning to the very end tracking the point of view of the hero of the story, going with him."  And then there's the consideration that the game's story being very much a first person one, with the scripting of an identifiable, fully-formed lead character proving to be a bit difficult.  "You have to create a personality and the proper character to track that."

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Which leads us to the HIGHLANDER reboot and the original movie's darker tone.  "Immortality is a curse and I would love to feel that," said Fresnadillo.  "You are overcoming time, but you see at the same time that the most beautiful things, the things that you love, are dying and you continue this life as a tragedy. You can’t love with anyone because you’re going to lose that person.  I would love to introduce that flavor in a very strong way in the movie and at the same time the big connection with the Universe. “Why am I immortal? Why am I the chosen one?”  In that sense, the movie is an epic. I think it’s some kind of adventure romantic story about somebody who trying to share in his immortality with someone. I don’t want to reveal more than that, but there is a new revelation in the movie that is connecting with that in a very deep and strong way. If we make it, I hope you enjoy it!"

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Extra Tidbit: I'm actually kind of glad that BIOSHOCK isn't working out, as I'm beginning to be of the opinion that film adaptations of video games should tell a whole new story and leave most of what happened in the game alone.

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9:18PM on 03/15/2012
As a Highlander fan, I say this with all sincerity... Freddie Mercury would need to rise from the dead and do the soundtrack for me to go see a reboot.
As a Highlander fan, I say this with all sincerity... Freddie Mercury would need to rise from the dead and do the soundtrack for me to go see a reboot.
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3:26PM on 03/15/2012
There can be only one... well, except that we're from another planet so, we're back and now we're not from another planet but a few of us were under ground for a couple hundred years, so now there can really be only one, except that there are still a lot of us, including my fellow clansman, but trust us... there can be only... oh, never mind.

All kidding aside, the first is one of my all time fav's (and the Queen sound track rocked liked crazy), and I don't think a reboot can come close to
There can be only one... well, except that we're from another planet so, we're back and now we're not from another planet but a few of us were under ground for a couple hundred years, so now there can really be only one, except that there are still a lot of us, including my fellow clansman, but trust us... there can be only... oh, never mind.

All kidding aside, the first is one of my all time fav's (and the Queen sound track rocked liked crazy), and I don't think a reboot can come close to the awesome. I mean Clancy Brown's Kurgen, to me at least, is one of the all time best, most iconic screen villains ever (and Chris Lambert was cool as heck).

Prostitute: I'm Candy. Kurgen: Of course you are. How do you top that!
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3:16PM on 03/15/2012
Please no planet Zeist.
Please no planet Zeist.
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11:52AM on 03/15/2012

"By the way Ricky...

...I saw the Highlander movie...it was SHIIIT!"

Haha...go ahead and neg me.
...I saw the Highlander movie...it was SHIIIT!"

Haha...go ahead and neg me.
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3:05AM on 03/16/2012
No sir, +1 for the laughs that line gave me when I first watched Talladega. Lol
No sir, +1 for the laughs that line gave me when I first watched Talladega. Lol
11:50AM on 03/15/2012
Video games these days are now so cinematic and epic in scope that no live action film short of a Star Wars or Avatar-style commitment could hope to recapture them. Which is why I'm only ever getting psyched if that Peter Jackson/Guillermo Del Toro 'Halo' movie happens.
Video games these days are now so cinematic and epic in scope that no live action film short of a Star Wars or Avatar-style commitment could hope to recapture them. Which is why I'm only ever getting psyched if that Peter Jackson/Guillermo Del Toro 'Halo' movie happens.
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8:01AM on 03/15/2012
Even though I don't need a Higlander reboot, I hope they make it as mystical as the original. Not like the european version of Highlander 2 where we were told "Highlanders are Aliens from another planet". That fucked up all the mystery like midichlorians did in Star Wars.
Even though I don't need a Higlander reboot, I hope they make it as mystical as the original. Not like the european version of Highlander 2 where we were told "Highlanders are Aliens from another planet". That fucked up all the mystery like midichlorians did in Star Wars.
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