Summit Hires VFX Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to Direct HIGHLANDER Reboot as His First Feature

     October 28, 2013

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Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) left the Highlander reboot nearly a year ago, reportedly over creative differencesRyan Reynolds quickly followed Fresnadillo out the door, but Summit presses on.  The studio hired Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct Highlander.  Nicolas-Troynan most recently served as the visual effects supervisor and second unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman, but Highlander will be his first feature as a director.

Neal H. Moritz and Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) will produce the new take on the Scottish immortal Connor MacLeod.  Nicolas-Troyan will supervise the next rewrite on the script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) before casting for a 2014 start date.  More after the jump.

Nicolas-Troynan describes his love of the property to Deadline:

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“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. …

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

I liked the Huntsman visual effects, so I hope Nicolas-Troyan manages to find a fresh approach to the material that he knows.

Here’s the trailer for the 1986 Christopher Lambert movie:


  • Aaron Fritsch

    Another remake that isn’t even good enough to download.

  • Aaron Fritsch

    Another remake that isn’t even good enough to download.

  • Old Soldier

    STOP, you are NOT allowed to remake this movie. This is MY movie, you can’t have it. People who love this movie don’t want this. People who hate this movie don’t want this. YOU lose ether way. WE all lose ether way. I will not see it, ever, period, full stop, end of discussion.

    • Completely Obvious Dick

      You will always have the original to rewatch and no one is forcing you to ever watch the remake.

      Problem solved!

  • Steven Fox

    I don’t see Nicolas Winding Refn or Darren Aronofsky directing, so I’ll pass.

    On the other side they did manage to rid themselves of Ryan Reynolds, which is a positive start.

  • DNAsplitter

    Of all the remakes this probably makes the most sense as the series, which has a great concept/idea, was done poorly. The execution was all wrong. I felt they missed the mark as the director Russell Malcahy isn’t that great of a director and couldn’t tell a cohesive story. Just watch the 2nd film to see my point. I’ve always been a fan of remakes to films that are either very old/dated or films that were just ok at their times (Hills Have Eyes, Pirannah 3D, The Thing (50′s version), etc.). I loved the show better than the films and think they should use that as their source for a point of reference. Glad Ryan Reynolds left so now they can try to cast Kevin Durand as the Kurgan and Liam McIntyre as Connor MacLoud.

  • tarek

    Without Sean Connery and Queen, this is no longer Highlander.

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  • Brian James

    We’ll see.


  • EV

    Connor was supposed to be 18 when he became immortal. He never looked 18.

    • Flashjordan

      He was also supposed to be Scottish!

      • EV

        Yes. they explained this “no Scottish accent” away when the police man asked him about his accent and he replied that he had been around.

        Duncan Macleod in present day had no Scottish accent. I could never figure out why he did not live in his homeland?


    Loved the original and followed the TV series, which I felt was enjoyable as it took the time to explore the character’s universe, thought Mr. Paul was great in the role. Thought all the sequel films sucked, really sucked, especially that last one with the weird plot.
    The original film, though dated now, is still very watchable. The soundtrack is unbeatable.
    I am SOOOO happy Mr. Reynolds is out of the picture. I may have missed some of his movies and thus not have a complete picture of his acting talents, but from what I have seen, he cannot act his way out of a paper bag.
    The potential for camp and crap scripting that this story line has (as we saw in the dreadful sequels) is too high to risk it to doofuss actors and hack directors. This needs someone with vision and an actor with gravitas. Give it to Cuaron or someone of his caliber. Hire someone who at least looks the part (brooding, melancholy, yet charming and elegant), not some wisecracking motormouth.