Ryan Reynolds Is the Front-Runner for The Highlander Reboot
05.18.12 by Ryan
For even the most successful actors, there's typically only one movie franchise to call one's own... But that rule does not apply to Ryan Reynolds. Fox continues to take its sweet time making a Deadpool movie, and Warner Bros. is still deciding whether to make a sequel to the disappointing 2010 adaptation of Green Lantern. On top of those, Reynolds could have two more potential franchises — 2013's R.I.P.D. and Lionsgate-Summit's reboot of Highlander.
Variety reports that Reynolds is the front-runner for the reboot and has entered into talks to star in the movie, though no decision has been made yet. Reynolds certainly impressed with his sword skills in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Wade "Deadpool" Wilson.
Should Reynolds take the role, the actor's presence would be yet another positive development for the reboot, which has been stuck in limbo since Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were hired to write the script back in 2008. Fast Five director Justin Lin became attached a year later, but eventually dropped out.
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was brought on board last September along with Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Fresnadillo has seemed to settle the bumpy road to production, and admitted in March that he would like to "refresh the mythology" of the 1986 original, which saw Christopher Lambert play immortal swordsman Connor Macleod fighting other immortal warriors through the centuries until only one remained. The movie spawned several sequels and a successful TV show.
The report claims that Reynolds could yet take another project instead, and that might be good news for Deadpool fans, since Reynolds playing another sword-wielding character could mean that Reynolds has given up on Deadpool. For Reynolds, however, this could be his chance to star in a legitimate franchise, as the actor has had a string of poorly received movies of late, with his biggest recent success being February's Safe House, which earned $201 million worldwide — though, it could be argued that Denzel Washington was more responsible for the movie's mediocre success than Reynolds. Either way, Reynolds hasn't added another to his schedule since Safe House was released, seeming to be cautious about what he does next.