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As you probably know, for several months now, Summit, now Lionsgate/Summit, has been prepping a reboot to the 1986 cult classic 'Highlander.' Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ('Intacto') is set to direct the reboot from a script by 'Iron Man' scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway...with a troubling touch-up by Melissa Rosenberg of 'The Twilight Saga.' With all these pieces squarely in place, the only thing left to do was cast the immortal sword-swinging protagonist, played in the original film by Christopher Lambert. Word has come down recently that Ryan Reynolds ('Green Lantern') is the current frontrunner for the role. Apparently both Reynolds and the studio are very interested in working together though it's unclear if an official deal has been finalized at this time.
This project has been a bit of a see-saw of interest for me. First of all, as much as I may enjoy watching 'Highlander' from time to time, and as much as I love director Russell Mulcahy, it is by no means treading on holy ground to reboot it. The original film is super campy; it features Sean Connery as a Spaniard with a Scottish accent for crying out loud! But then the project was originally going to be directed by Justin Lin, of whom I am not particularly a fan. Luckily, he backed out and the incredibly talented Fresnadillo stepped in. If you haven't seen 'Intacto,' I highly recommend you correct this at once. Then of course, I think we were all a bit worried when the 'Twilight' screenwriter was brought in to lay hands on the script, but she also worked on 'Dexter,' so maybe a little credit should be lent. I'm happy to say this recent news swings the pendulum back in the positive direction. I like Ryan Reynolds a lot. People give him a lot of crap for his mugging comedic sensibilities, and I'll grant you those do exist, but he's also a more versatile performer than he gets credit for, and I can see him doing a dynamite job with this part. I mean come on, it's not as if Lambert is an overwhelming talent.What do you guys think?
Are you interested in a 'Highlander' reboot? What do you think of the casting of Reynolds?