Ryan Reynolds May Be The One for the 'Highlander' Remake
Ryan Reynolds must really want to swing a sword in front of camera because he's in the running – the front runner actually, according to Variety – for Summit's Highlander remake. Sources says both sides are very interested in working together for the movie.
However, the report is quick to point out that the discussions are in the early phases and that Reynolds is weighing other offers and may choose to do one of those instead.
The original 1986 movie, if you didn't recall, starred Christopher Lambert as an immortal swordsman who had to fight with others of his kind for something called “The Prize,” something that could only be obtained by beheading and absorbing the other immortals' powers and be the last one standing. The movie spawned three sequels and a couple of TV series.
Justin Lin was attached to direct the Highlander reboot at one point, but he left to work on sixth Fast and the Furious movie. That job has now fell to 28 Weeks Later's Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who will direct from a script written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.
Ryan Reynolds is also attached play to another sword-swinging character in Deadpool. According to an earlier report, Deadpool is “likely” to shoot sometime this year. The character in the movie is not connected to the same character Reynolds played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
We haven't heard much on the Deadpool front, so take that start date as a rumor for now. It's possible Fox doesn't have much confidence in the box office potential of the Deadpool character and the movie's purported R rating, so they're in no rush to get it made.