Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Exits HIGHLANDER Remake

Remake now on the hunt for a replacement.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming is hearing word that Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (’28 Weeks Later’) has departed Summit Entertainment’s big screen reboot of ‘Highlander.’

According to sources close to the project, which still has Ryan Reynolds attached to play the title character, Fresnadillo’s exit is amicable and due to creative differences.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and the always great Clancy Brown, the original ‘Highlander’ followed Connor MacLeod, one of a waning few survivors of a clan of immortals who can only die by decapitation. After living in peace for four centuries, he is challenged by an old enemy, the murderously brutal barbarian Kurgan, who lusts for the fabled “Prize.”

The remake was penned by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (‘Iron Man’), with the latest draft by Noah Oppenheim.