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Summit Entertainment's Highlander reboot lands first time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

10.29.2013

There hasn't been much movement on Summit Entertainment's HIGHLANDER reboot since Ryan Reynolds left the project in June. Without a star or a director, things were looking pretty bleak for the reboot. But Deadline is reporting Summit has now found a director, and it will be Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. The reboot will be the first feature film directed by Nicolas-Troyan, but he was the visual effects supervisor and second unit director on SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has also done visual work for films such as THE RING and ONE HOUR PHOTO.

Deadline spoke with Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, and he says that he wasn't sure about a reboot because he loves the original films and the television series, but was sold once he read the script and started to think about what he could bring to his movie.

“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. The first movie came out when I was a teenager in France and it was one of my favorite films of those years. I loved the series also, they shot a lot of it in France, on the Seine River. 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."

Nicolas-Troyan went on to talk about how his reboot will draw inspiration from the television series as well as the first movie, and that HIGHLANDER is much more than just a couple of immortal dudes trying to cut each other's heads off.

“For me, it all comes down to that first movie, but there are great themes in the show,” he said. “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.”

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan also says he is interested in casting an up-and-coming actor to play Connor MacLeod.

“Back then Christopher hadn’t done a lot of things and was just emerging, and Sean Connery, that movie brought about a real resurgence for him,” said Nicolas-Troyan. “We have to find that younger emerging guy, and surround him with a strong Kurgan, and an actor who shines as Ramirez the way Connery did in that film film.”

It sounds like Cedric Nicolas-Troyan really loves HIGHLANDER, and the reboot should be in good hands. Some fans might be worried about a first time director behind the camera for the film, but it really does sound like he enjoys and gets the material. I'd much rather have a person that appreciates the previous films and the series directing the reboot than someone who only took the gig because it is a job.

No release date yet for the HIGHLANDER reboot, but filming should start sometime in 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Which actor do you think would make an excellent Kurgan?
Source: Deadline

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7:15AM on 10/30/2013

No. Pass.

Classic movie that did not need sequels, nor a TV show. And for sure does NOT need a reboot.

Pass, passity-pass pass....
Classic movie that did not need sequels, nor a TV show. And for sure does NOT need a reboot.

Pass, passity-pass pass....
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5:55PM on 10/29/2013
Funny enough, I would rather see them dish out more lackluster sequels with Duncan than reboot the original. Sure, they don't make much bank for the studios... but damn it, they're entertaining to the die hard fans.
Funny enough, I would rather see them dish out more lackluster sequels with Duncan than reboot the original. Sure, they don't make much bank for the studios... but damn it, they're entertaining to the die hard fans.
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2:41PM on 10/29/2013

If you had asked me a couple of years ago when the remake was first announced I would have said:

Connor McLeod = Clive Owen
Kurgan = Ray Stevenson
Ramirez = Liam Neeson


Owen might be getting a little old for the role. Neeson has played similar roles with Qui-Gon and Ducard so he seems a little too obvious, but I still maintain that Stevenson would make an excellent Kurgan. I'd say maybe James McAvoy for McLeod and either Pierce Brosnan or Antonio Banderas for Ramirez.
Connor McLeod = Clive Owen
Kurgan = Ray Stevenson
Ramirez = Liam Neeson


Owen might be getting a little old for the role. Neeson has played similar roles with Qui-Gon and Ducard so he seems a little too obvious, but I still maintain that Stevenson would make an excellent Kurgan. I'd say maybe James McAvoy for McLeod and either Pierce Brosnan or Antonio Banderas for Ramirez.
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5:56PM on 10/29/2013
Love the idea of Banderas as Ramirez!!! Brilliant!
Love the idea of Banderas as Ramirez!!! Brilliant!
12:34PM on 10/29/2013
There can be only one...literally.
There can be only one...literally.
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12:09PM on 10/29/2013
extra tidbit: Clancy Brown!
extra tidbit: Clancy Brown!
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11:43AM on 10/29/2013
I probably am speaking prematurely, but there's an air similar to the one around the RoboCop reboot that's already surrounding this one.
I probably am speaking prematurely, but there's an air similar to the one around the RoboCop reboot that's already surrounding this one.
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11:34AM on 10/29/2013
Do we really need this remake/reboot?
Do we really need this remake/reboot?
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11:06AM on 10/29/2013
If he hadn't already played Zod I would have said Michael Shannon for Kurgan. He has that cromag looking bone structure and the overall edginess and size to pull off the character. All he's missing is Clancy Brown's booming voice.
If he hadn't already played Zod I would have said Michael Shannon for Kurgan. He has that cromag looking bone structure and the overall edginess and size to pull off the character. All he's missing is Clancy Brown's booming voice.
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