Sequels and reboots for classic ’80s movies seem to be all the rage at the moment, and now the Highlander remake officially has a director.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan – who worked as visual effects supervisor on Snow White and The Huntsman – will make his filmmaking debut with the project.
Speaking to Deadline, the first-time director said he was a huge fan of the cult sci-fi action movie, and couldn’t wait to take it on.
“The first movie came out when I was a teenager in France and it was one of my favorite films. My first reaction, like everybody else, was: ‘really, do we need a remake?’ Then I read the script.
“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.”
The remake has a script by Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, and is supposedly sticking closely to the story of the original: which centred on a breed of near-immortal sword warriors who must fight to the death until only one remains.
Brutal enemy ‘The Kurgan’ – a fearsome nemesis of protagonist Connor MacLeod – is set to return.
Christopher Lambert took the title role in the warmly-regarded 1986 film alongside Sean Connery, who played his mentor Ramirez. Nicolas-Troyan says he’s also keen to find the same kind of casting chemistry this time around.
“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.
“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.”
Nicolas-Troyan replaces previous director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who worked on the movie for a year before departing. As we reported in the summer, Ryan Reynolds was attached to star – but reportedly walked out after Fresnadillo left.