Highlands & Islands

New director for planned remake of cult film Highlander

Eilean Donan Castle
Image caption Eilean Donan Castle was among Highland locations used in the original Highlander

A planned remake of the 1986 cult fantasy action film Highlander has a new director.

Summit Entertainment has appointed Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to the role that 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo quit about a year ago.

The original film starred Sean Connery and used locations in the Highlands, including Eilean Donan Castle and Coich Buttress on Skye.

Work on the reboot is expected to start next year.

Nicolas-Troyan works in visual effects. He received an Oscar nomination for his supervision of effects on Snow White And The Huntsman.

Image caption Ryan Reynolds and Kevin McKidd have been linked to roles in the remake

Empire magazine, movie website Deadline and blog site Film have reported his appointment to the Highlander remake.

BBC News Scotland online reported in 2009 that Summit Entertainment had been offered help looking at possible locations in Scotland.

Scottish Screen passed its contact details to the company via the US office of the UK Film Council.

Panned by critics, the original Highlander was a hit with cinema audiences and was followed up by a series of sequels and a television series.

French actor Christopher Lambert played Connor MacLeod, an immortal who fought his first battle in the Scottish Highlands in 1536.

He goes on to combat other immortals on the streets of New York City in 1986, killing them by cutting off their heads.

Connery starred as Spanish sword fighter Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez.

Scenes were shot at Eilean Donan Castle, at Glen Coe, Glen Nevis, Loch Shiel and on the Cioch, a pinnacle of rock in the Cuillin mountain range on Skye.

Actors Kevin McKidd and Ryan Reynolds have been linked to lead roles in the reboot.