‘There can be only one’ and it looks like it will be Ryan Reynolds if Lionsgate and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo have their way. Variety is reporting that Reynolds is in the forefront to star in the reboot version of the ‘Highlander’ movie. Although it’s not said if an actual offer has been placed on the table, sources tell Variety that both sides are “very interested in working together.”
Reynolds is a fan favorite but his movies have yet to hit the mainstream success one would have hoped by now. With the box office success from the recently released movie ‘Safe House,’ it seems that Reynolds may be carefully choosing his projects with ‘Highlander’ being one of them.
Although the plot details are somewhat undefined, Fresnadlillo has stated that the reboot will involve the “same characters and the same universe, but starting from scratch” and he wanted to “combine realism with an epic story.” That could mean that Reynolds would be reprising the role of Connor McLeod, an immortal swordsman who battled other villainous immortals until in the end “there can be only one.” Christopher Lambert (‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,’ ‘Mortal Kombat’) originally played the role in the 1986 ‘Highlander’ film. As Reynolds has some experience in the world of sword fighting, thanks to his stint as Deadpool on ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ he does seems to be a good candidate for the role.
Neal Moritz (‘Battle Los Angeles,’ ‘Total Recall,’ ‘Jack the Giant Killer,’ ‘I Am Legend’) will act as producer on the film and has an impressive resume when it comes to the sci-fi/fantasy genre. With Peter S. Davis (who was the executive producer on the ‘Highlander’ movies and TV series) also on board, this reboot may actually have a chance (though it will always be Duncan McLeod who is “the one” to me). The script was originally written by ‘Twilight’ scribe Melissa Rosenberg but ‘Iron Man’ screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have since been hired to come on board for rewrites.
Production on ‘Highlander’ was supposed to start this spring but at the moment it seems highly unlikely but if Reynolds does sign on, don’t be surprised if filming begins right away.
So what are your thoughts? Do you think Reynolds would make for a good immortal or should he stay on holy ground to keep from being beheaded?