After cycling through two directors in five years of development, a proposed reboot of the Highlander franchise may have settled on “The One” who’ll finally get the film into production. As Deadline’s Mike Fleming reports, Summit Entertainment has tapped Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, visual-effects supervisor and second unit director on Snow White And The Huntsman, to helm the project.
A veteran of commercials, Nicolas-Troyan will be making his feature directorial debut. (You can check out his highlights reel on his personal website.) He’s been working on a pitch since this summer, a task he takes very seriously: Nicolas-Troyan was growing up in France when the first Highlander came out, and he’s a serious devotee of the messy franchise. Primarily that means he’s interested in the first film and the subsequent syndicated TV series (much of which was also shot in France) while ignoring the little-loved sequels.
Previous directors who came and went faster than The Quickening include Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious franchise and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo of 28 Weeks Later, who had joined after failing to help realize another franchise reboot of The Crow. Like most people working on a remake, Nicolas-Troyan says he’s interested in providing “a modern, visceral take.” Production is expected to begin next year.