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Ryan Reynolds leaves Summit Entertainment's Highlander reboot

06.18.2013

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It's a little ironic that the famous quote from HIGHLANDER is "There can only be one" and there's...well no one attached to Summit's planned reboot. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited the project back in November and now TheWrap has learned that star Ryan Reynolds has also left.

However there might be a silver lining to this for fans of the franchise that do want a reboot. A knowledgable source has told TheWrap that without Reynolds a new director might be interested in the project since they'll be able to cast a new lead.

I wasn't very keen on Ryan Reynolds as Connor MacLeod in the first place to be honest. I'm not a Ryan Reynolds hater at all but I just don't think he fits well with this type of series, even though it is a reboot which means there's a chance the look and tone could be completely different from the original. 

A reboot of HIGHLANDER might not be dead but it's definitely on life support. The project has already had a very bumpy history and I wonder why it seems to be so difficult to get MacLeod back on the big screen. I don't think Summit will pull the plug on HIGHLANDER but it's probably going to be awhile before we see a new film from the franchise.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you want to play Connor MacLeod? I think it might be better if a big name is cast as the villain and someone lesser known plays MacLeod. Thoughts?
Source: TheWrap

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6:45PM on 06/26/2013

Thomas Jane!

Thomas Jane is a dead ringer for Lambert when he has light hair. See the movie"Thursday" for proof. Only thing missing is that weird, slightly creepy glint Lambert has in his eyes, and his unidentifiable, "what-is-that-anyway" accent.

My 2 cents for a reboot: **do NOT reboot the original Highlander. Only reboot from Highlander 2 on.**

Make the new movie abt an aging (possible now that he has "The Gift") Connor (still played by Lambert), his wife, Brenda, and his spitting-image son
Thomas Jane is a dead ringer for Lambert when he has light hair. See the movie"Thursday" for proof. Only thing missing is that weird, slightly creepy glint Lambert has in his eyes, and his unidentifiable, "what-is-that-anyway" accent.

My 2 cents for a reboot: **do NOT reboot the original Highlander. Only reboot from Highlander 2 on.**

Make the new movie abt an aging (possible now that he has "The Gift") Connor (still played by Lambert), his wife, Brenda, and his spitting-image son (again, possible now that he has "The Gift") played by Thomas Jane, who would double-role as the younger Connor in flashback scenes. The appearance exactitude could be part of the legacy of immortality; the son must be a near-literal continuation of the father.

The younger McLeod comes of age, and gets killed, only to wake up immortal. It turns out that the spirit of immortality (which would be a manifestation of THIS world, and not some "alien" explanation) re-seeds itself unto other people, as it cannot remain in a single form (Connor) forever, thus new immortals begin to appear. An aging, and increasingly mortal and de-powered, Connor must pass the torch to his son, as there can still be only one! Proper drama could be instilled by a competent screenwriter, using the complications of this unusual family as a basis of much internal tension, in addition to whatever outside forces arose to oppose them.

Better, imo than H2 and all that have followed ("Highlander movies: there should be only One!"). As the movie was planned as a reboot, anyway, H2 and on would be "wiped". Duncan would be a non-extant character, as a result.
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10:31PM on 06/18/2013
Summit makes nothing but teen angsty garbage, I'm sure Highlander would have been no different, on the plus side I guess it couldn't have possibly been worse than the original.
Summit makes nothing but teen angsty garbage, I'm sure Highlander would have been no different, on the plus side I guess it couldn't have possibly been worse than the original.
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7:04PM on 06/18/2013

Mr. Reynolds

I am really glad Ryan Reynolds is not in the remake.....I think after a bad outing as Green Latern... people are not too excited to see him do anything yet...he really needs to fit his place in the movie world...I think once he finds it and does well, then people will start to find more interest.
I am really glad Ryan Reynolds is not in the remake.....I think after a bad outing as Green Latern... people are not too excited to see him do anything yet...he really needs to fit his place in the movie world...I think once he finds it and does well, then people will start to find more interest.
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3:38PM on 06/18/2013
Fantastic news.
Fantastic news.
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2:47PM on 06/18/2013
Get James Purefoy to fill in the role...He might not be a household name but he's done well in medieval/sword type filmes before.

e.g Ironclad.
Get James Purefoy to fill in the role...He might not be a household name but he's done well in medieval/sword type filmes before.

e.g Ironclad.
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2:13PM on 06/18/2013

Good

This is great news. I'm sure he left because he didn't have any quips, or build the movie around his Ryan Reynolds persona.
This is great news. I'm sure he left because he didn't have any quips, or build the movie around his Ryan Reynolds persona.
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12:19PM on 06/18/2013

not a fan of the series

but i like this mostly because it free Reynolds up for the long awaited Deadpool movie (fingers crossed).

i guess Liam Hemsworth could do the role. He's got experience in the genre with "Expendables 2" and Hunger Games gives him credibility without taking up too much time.
but i like this mostly because it free Reynolds up for the long awaited Deadpool movie (fingers crossed).

i guess Liam Hemsworth could do the role. He's got experience in the genre with "Expendables 2" and Hunger Games gives him credibility without taking up too much time.
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12:16PM on 06/18/2013
How about canceling out the horrid "Highlander: The Source," and coming up with a decent conclusion to the already existing franchise before rebooting it?
How about canceling out the horrid "Highlander: The Source," and coming up with a decent conclusion to the already existing franchise before rebooting it?
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12:11PM on 06/18/2013

Good move by Reynolds

Probably the first good career choice he's ever made, this sure-to-be bomb would have put some pretty big nails in his acting career.
Probably the first good career choice he's ever made, this sure-to-be bomb would have put some pretty big nails in his acting career.
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11:58AM on 06/18/2013
I'm a huge, huge Highlander fan and I don't mind Ryan Reynolds... but he definitely is not right for that role. Now they have the chance to set this thing up right.
I'm a huge, huge Highlander fan and I don't mind Ryan Reynolds... but he definitely is not right for that role. Now they have the chance to set this thing up right.
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11:46AM on 06/18/2013

Thank you Jesus.

So glad he is out. Richard Madden....do it,now,cast him,now.
So glad he is out. Richard Madden....do it,now,cast him,now.
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11:45AM on 06/18/2013
Cast Gerard Butler get it over and done with. He's the only logical choice.
Cast Gerard Butler get it over and done with. He's the only logical choice.
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12:12PM on 06/18/2013
True, a terrible franchise deserves an equally terrible actor.
True, a terrible franchise deserves an equally terrible actor.
11:32AM on 06/18/2013

improovement I guess

I dont even think that a remake is nescesary, but if you are going to do one, Reynolds was completely miscast, Somebody like Gerald Buttler or Kevin McKidd will be better choices.
I dont even think that a remake is nescesary, but if you are going to do one, Reynolds was completely miscast, Somebody like Gerald Buttler or Kevin McKidd will be better choices.
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11:28AM on 06/18/2013

Good

Yah this is good news I am not completely against a reboot but with Reynolds it would need to be more like Highlander meets the Hangover, about a dude that constantly dies or would die except hes a Highlander and doesn't know it, sort of like Kenny on Southpark.
Yah this is good news I am not completely against a reboot but with Reynolds it would need to be more like Highlander meets the Hangover, about a dude that constantly dies or would die except hes a Highlander and doesn't know it, sort of like Kenny on Southpark.
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11:17AM on 06/18/2013
There's hardly any development news on this movie.
There's hardly any development news on this movie.
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11:09AM on 06/18/2013

Zero count: "fans of the franchise that do want a reboot"

First off, it's not a "franchise" to true fans. There can be only one. The first movie. Over. Done. No sequels. No TV show. It stood alone in its perfection.
First off, it's not a "franchise" to true fans. There can be only one. The first movie. Over. Done. No sequels. No TV show. It stood alone in its perfection.
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10:59AM on 06/18/2013
This is good news. I like Reynolds as an actor but he doesnt always deliver in his films. I dont think he would have fit Highlander well so I'm not crying over thats hes gone. Thomas Jane is the only person I want to see take over here.
This is good news. I like Reynolds as an actor but he doesnt always deliver in his films. I dont think he would have fit Highlander well so I'm not crying over thats hes gone. Thomas Jane is the only person I want to see take over here.
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10:52AM on 06/18/2013
i still have hope that tom jane will star in this
i still have hope that tom jane will star in this
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10:06AM on 06/18/2013
There can only be one and his name is Christopher Lambert. Bring him back!!!
There can only be one and his name is Christopher Lambert. Bring him back!!!
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10:05AM on 06/18/2013
Insert obvious Kevin McKidd suggestion here: [link]
Insert obvious Kevin McKidd suggestion here: [link]
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9:43AM on 06/18/2013
Good now drop the whole project altogether, another pointless remake/reboot.
Good now drop the whole project altogether, another pointless remake/reboot.
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9:27AM on 06/18/2013
How about getting a real Scottish actor to play the role? Just my 2 cents worth.
How about getting a real Scottish actor to play the role? Just my 2 cents worth.
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9:37AM on 06/18/2013
gregor fisher?
gregor fisher?
9:25AM on 06/18/2013
Reynolds is a good actor, but I never saw him fitting into this type of movie, especially as Connor MacLeod. He's probably better off leaving the project and doing something else that fits his style.

I do like the idea of Thomas Jane stepping in.
Reynolds is a good actor, but I never saw him fitting into this type of movie, especially as Connor MacLeod. He's probably better off leaving the project and doing something else that fits his style.

I do like the idea of Thomas Jane stepping in.
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9:35AM on 06/18/2013
ryan reynolds is not a good actor, he was an ok actor at one point but now he is a joke.
ryan reynolds is not a good actor, he was an ok actor at one point but now he is a joke.
9:14AM on 06/18/2013

thank god

this is great news, ryan reynolds has became a pretty bad actor. He had a few funny movies early on in his career, (just friends and van wylder) and the odd good serious turn (buried), but by god has be really dropped the ball in the last few years. he is not a very good actor at all, and he really sucks in actions movies.

Im not a massive highlander fan, but RR just doesn't fit at all. glad he has dropped out now he can get back to making second rate films and talking about
this is great news, ryan reynolds has became a pretty bad actor. He had a few funny movies early on in his career, (just friends and van wylder) and the odd good serious turn (buried), but by god has be really dropped the ball in the last few years. he is not a very good actor at all, and he really sucks in actions movies.

Im not a massive highlander fan, but RR just doesn't fit at all. glad he has dropped out now he can get back to making second rate films and talking about deadpool.

thats another thing why anyone would want him as deadpool again is mind boggling to me
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9:06AM on 06/18/2013
I think that's good news. Absolutely doesn't seem like the right fit for Connor MacLeod, no matter how you slice it. I know Thomas Jane has been suggested before; that might work. Jason Clarke from Zero Dark Thirty also comes to mind.
I think that's good news. Absolutely doesn't seem like the right fit for Connor MacLeod, no matter how you slice it. I know Thomas Jane has been suggested before; that might work. Jason Clarke from Zero Dark Thirty also comes to mind.
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