Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Promises A Less Tacky ‘Highlander’ Reboot

Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 04:00 pm GMT -5 by

Juan Carlos FresnadilloWhile promoting his latest horror film, ‘The Intruders,’ Juan Carlos Fresnadillo talked about his next project: the reboot of the 1986 Christopher Lambert ‘Highlander’ movie. While many agree that the first movie was entertaining, its subsequent sequels were some of the cheesiest movies out there.  Fresnadillo plans on changing this.

With ‘Bioshock’ now on infinite hold, Fresnadillo is now working on rebooting the ‘Highlander’ franchise. “It’ll be the same characters and the same universe, but starting from scratch,” he explains, “I want to combine realism with an epic story. I want to track the hero in such a way that you truly feel his immortality… That’s why I think it’s a good concept for a new approach, a fresh idea right now. I really love the idea of the movie, which is immortality as a curse. That is something I feel comfortable with, and I definitely think it’s worth rebooting if it’s that kind of concept.”

As to how he would express immortality as a curse, Fresnadillo describes it this way, “There’s some kind of process, if you think you’re immortal then you can’t love someone. If you’re in love everybody is going to disappear and you will be here alone. I have the feeling that in immortality there is a tendency to not to be attached to anyone. If you are in love with someone then you will suffer your whole existence, which is a terrible thing.”

Maybe it’s just me, but wasn’t this already touched upon in the ‘Highlander’ series with Adrian Paul? After Tessa died and even after Ritchie’s death, MacLeod went through a period of suffering and torment and in the finale, he even walks away from Amanda knowing the loneliness of an immortal.

I do commend Fresnadillo for his obvious excitement to restart the franchise and although this project is still in development, I’m hoping it won’t be too long before we see it up on the big screen. How about you?

Source: io9

  • Cassidy

    Can’t help comparison to beloved animals — dogs and even cats — who share our lives and die too soon.  The CURSE is their early deaths not our long lives.  I always liked scenes where Duncan is reading … I’m afraid a re-imagining that focuses on the “curse” aspect is going to be very shallow. “Who wants to live forever?” Just about anyone who has an active mental life, a problem to solve, ……….

    Highlander relies too much on magic … the quickenings, long sharp katanas concealed under short leather jackets, “there can be only one,” and unexplained births are a great burden on anyone who goes back to try to make it all rational. If you want to do an on-going homage to Highlander, I’m okay with that.  But give us a new immortal character … give us Mythos as a 5000-year-old “ordinary” man who did a brief stint as the actor playing a 5000-year-old immortal on a TV show …. but please don’t give us characters named Connor and Duncan McLeod who are not Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul.  That Duncan changed across time, became more mature, thought more deeply is what made him interesting … there isn’t one single answer to life ….

    Don’t mess it up anymore than it already is.  Everyone thinks they can just tweak it a little and it will come back fully animated … but each tweak just deepens the flaws.    

    • Janice Kay

      I’m approaching this reboot with caution just as you Cassidy. But according to Fresnadillo himself, he’ll be using the “same characters and the same universe.” So, we’ll probably be seeing Connor’s story remade.

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