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Published On: Wed, Oct 30th, 2013

Highlander remake gets new director, plans on ‘matching them with a modern, visceral take’

The Highlander reboot has a new director as Summit announced that Snow White and the Huntsman second unit director and visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct the film.

This would be the first feature for the creator and he explained his excitement 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.”

He’ll shoot the script from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway that reportedly keeps pretty true to the original film.

Which means that we’ll see Scottish highlander Conor McLeod discover his immortality, and be trained in combat and survival skills by Ramirez. He’ll kill other immortals (by severing their heads), battling to a showdown with one last brutal survivor for a sort of all-knowing and influential existence referred to simple as “The Prize.”

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