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Summit Sets Cedric Nicolas-Troyan To Helm ‘Highlander’ Feature Reboot

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 7:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment has found a director for its reboot of Highlander, the tale of a sword-wielding Scottish immortal Connor MacLeod. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will make his feature directorial debut after serving as visual effects supervisor and second unit director on Snow White And The Huntsman. Summit is moving ahead with script by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway that hews close to the 1986 Russell Mulcahy-directed original that starred Christopher Lambert as the title character, who, after being mentored by Ramirez (Sean Connery), spends centuries dueling rivals until it’s only him and the murderously brutal barbarian Kurgan (Clancy Brown). They battle to be the final immortal who’ll influence mankind’s future. For Kurgan, that means raining hell on the world if MacLeod can’t stop him. Neal H. Moritz is producing with original film and series producer Peter Davis. Justin Lin, who once planned to direct, has stayed involved as executive producer.

Because the characters and mythology created by Gregory Widen were squandered in subsequent features, Highlander has been somewhat under the radar. The property stayed alive because of a superb syndicated series that starred Adrian Paul as Duncan MacLeod, a clansman of Connor. This is important because Nicolas-Troyan is as big a fan of this series, as I am. Borrowing the signature catch phrase of the movie and series, “There can be only one,” Nicolas-Troyan knew he was battling against more seasoned filmmakers. He made sure he was the best prepared and the one most steeped in its mythology. And he just learned that he is, in fact, the one. Read More »

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Exits Summit’s ‘Highlander’ Remake

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 4:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When it comes to directors on the movie Highlander, there can be only one. But it won’t be Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The 28 Weeks Later helmer has exited Summit’s reboot of the film, which still has Ryan Reynolds poised to play the title character. I’m told that his exit is amicable, and that after a year of working on the project, he and Summit could not get past the fact they had differing views of the film, and finally agreed to disagree. Fresnadillo left a remake of The Crow to join Highlander. It’s unclear at the moment whether that is an option, but come Monday, he will be looking for another movie, and Summit will be looking for another Highlander helmer.

Summit Entertainment remains bullish on Highlander, which has a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, with the latest draft by Noah Oppenheim. It’s produced by Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza, with RCR Media Group’s principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson exec producing. Justin Lin, once attached to direct, is also executive producer.

They are following the story of the 1986 original, in which Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), an immortal Scottish swordsman who has spent centuries dueling to survive against others like him, must confront the last of his kind. That nemesis is a murderously brutal … Read More »

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AFM: Summit Inks Output Deal For Spain

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 12:44pm PDT

Santa Monica, CA November 3, 2011 – Summit Entertainment and Aurum Producciones, an Alliance Films company, have entered into an exclusive three year output agreement for all rights in Spain to Summit’s slate of theatrical films. The deal was announced today by David Garrett, President of Summit International, and Jorge Vazquez, Managing Director of Aurum Producciones. This output deal encompasses upcoming films produced by Summit through October 2014 including NOW YOU SEE ME starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, and Dave Franco; and Summit’s re-imagination of the cult film HIGHLANDER. Summit Entertainment’s relationship with Aurum Producciones spans many years with Aurum having licensed many of the studio’s films including THE TWILIGHT SAGA franchise as well as THE GHOST WRITER.

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Fresnadillo Exit From ‘The Crow’ Confirmed

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has departed Relativity Media’s reboot of The Crow, Deadline has confirmed, following last month’s news from the Toronto Film Festival that the Spanish director has a holding deal to helm Summit Entertainment’s reboot of Highlander, written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Twitchfilm today described the “revolving door” on The Crow, which has seen multiple directors, writers and stars come and go. In Fresnadillo’s case, from one “reboot” to another. Production on Highlander is scheduled to begin in the spring.

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TORONTO TOLDJA! Juan Carlos Fresnadillo To Direct ‘Highlander’ Remake

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 4:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Earlier today, we scooped that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, in Toronto for the premiere of his latest movie The Intruders, was the front-runner to helm Summit Entertainment’s re-imagining of Highlander, the 1986 fantasy sci-fi film starring Christopher Lambert about immortals who battle with swords, and live and die by the mantra that “there can be only one.” Well, the distributor just confirmed that Fresnadillo is the only one to direct it:

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct Summit Entertainment’s re-imagination of the cult film HIGHLANDER co-financed by RCR Media Group. Summit’s HIGHLANDER is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. RCR Media Group’s principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will executive produce the film. Justin Lin will also executive produce. Summit acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis – Panzer Productions, Inc. in May of 2008. Production on the film is slated to begin spring of 2012.

In HIGHLANDER, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed 28 WEEKS LATER as well as INTRUDERS, which is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.

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Toronto: ‘Intruders’ Helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Is ‘Highlander’ Frontrunner

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, here for today’s world premiere of his latest film The Intruders, is Summit Entertainment’s choice to direct Highlander. That is the reboot of the 1986 film about immortals who battle with swords, and live and die by the mantra that “there can be only one.” Fresnadillo is now in discussions to direct a film that Summit will co-finance with RCR Media Group. Fresnadillo is also attached to direct a reboot of The Crow, which has Bradley Cooper attached.

This is a coveted job that became an open directing slot when Justin Lin dropped out to make the sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious.

Fresnadillo, who first attracted Hollywood’s attention with the genre film Intacto, followed with the superb 28 Weeks Later. Today he unveils Intruders, an intense psychological drama that stars Clive Owen as a father who cannot protect his young daughter from faceless intruders. The film also stars Daniel Bruhl, who starred Inglourious Basterds and next stars as Formula One racer Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard-directed Rush. The film is an acquisition title that is high on many buyers’ lists, and the director’s UTA reps are selling it. Read More »

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