Summit Entertainment is in negotiations with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) to direct its reboot of “Highlander.”
Move comes two years after Summit had set Justin Lin to direct and Neal H. Moritz and Peter Davis to produce “Highlander,” aiming at turning the fantasy actioner into a franchise.
Lin ankled several months ago to direct the sixth installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Summit acquired the “Highlander” remake rights in 2008 from Davis-Panzer Prods. and assigned “Iron Man” scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to pen the script.
Summit hasn’t cast actors or set a start date for production.
The original 1986 film was directed by Russell Mulcahy and starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown and Roxanne Hart. It launched four sequels and three TV spinoffs.
Fresnadillo is at the Toronto Film Festival for Monday’s premiere of “The Intruders,” a drama starring Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl.
He has also directed “Intacto.”