The upcoming Highlander remake, which no longer stars Ryan Reynolds, has found a director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.
Deadline reports that Nicolas-Troyan will make his feature debut on the film, having worked as an Second Unit Director on Snow White And The Huntsman. Fast And Furious 6 director Justin Lin, who had previouysly been attached to direct, is still on board as an executive producer.
Nicolas-Troyan states that he is a huge fan of the Highlander story. “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.”