And into my inbox drops a press release announcing the latest news on the Highlander reboot (ie, REMAKE): it’s got a director. And that director is Justin Lin.
Oh well, it could have been great! At least maybe we’ll be losing all the weird alien stuff from the sequel.
Here’s the press release:
Los Angeles, CA September 22, 2009 – Summit Entertainment announced
today that it has tapped the filmmaking team behind this spring’s hit
film FAST & FURIOUS – director Justin Lin and producer Neal H.
Moritz – to direct and produce respectively the studio’s re-imagination
of the cult film HIGHLANDER. Summit’s HIGHLANDER is being written by
IRON MAN screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Peter Davis, long
time producer of HIGHLANDER, will also produce the film. Summit
acquired the rights to remake the cult classic from Davis – Panzer
Productions, Inc. in May of 2008.
Summit’s film will expand on the original HIGHLANDER’s core mythology of immortals battling amongst us, hunting each other through the ages by tapping its newly minted creative team to take its re-imagination to new heights. Plans call for the re-imagination to spur a new franchise for the studio.
“We are privileged to have this amazing opportunity to reinvent one of the great franchises,” said Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairman of Summit Entertainment. “Neal and Justin have proven more than once that they can deliver an entertaining and exciting blockbuster.”
Added Peter Davis of Davis-Panzer Productions, “Justin and Neal are an exciting directing/producing team and I am confident that they will deliver a truly dynamic film while being totally respectful of HIGHLANDER Legend.”
In HIGHLANDER, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the fabled Prize.