Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Departs Highlander

A little over a year after he first signed on to the project, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is leaving Summit Entertainment’s upcoming reboot of the Highlander franchise. Deadline has the news, saying that while creative differences between Fresnadillo and the studio led to an amicable split, Ryan Reynolds remains attached to the project to play the leading role.

In Highlander, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize.

Written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Highlander will be produced by Neal H. Mortiz, Peter Davis, Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. RCR Media Group’s principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will executive produce the film along with Justin Lin.