It was bound to happen. Producer Neal Moritz and Summit Entertainment have been trying to get a Highlander remake off the ground for years. Ryan Reynolds has been attached to star in it for over a year, but he's decided that it's time to drop out of the project and move on.
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was most recently attached to direct the film, but apparently his vision for the project wasn't in line with what the studio was looking for, so they parted ways last year. They've been on the hunt for a director since, but they didn't find one fast enough, and Reynolds wasn't going to wait around any longer.
The studio is now on the hunt for not only a director, but an actor to take on the lead role as well. According to The Wrap, a studio insider said that "Reynolds' exit may actually prove beneficial for the project, as a new director will be able to cast a new leading man rather than inherit a previous filmmaker's decision."
The story follows a character named Conner MacLeod, "a Highlander who discovers he is one of a dwindling group of immortals who wander the earth and kill each other in combat for the final “Prize” – immortality."
I think Reynolds would have been great in this movie, but it will be interesting to see who they bring on to direct and star in it next. We'll probably end up waiting another four or five years before this movie actually happens, but I'm sure it will happen one day.
Justin Lin was originally attached to direct the movie back in 2009, but he ended up leaving to focus on Fast and Furious 6.