Highlander Remake Moves Forward
05.17.11 by Ryan
Summit Entertainment's Highlander remake was first announced in 2008, and, a year later, director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Fast Five) was handed the director's chair with a script in place from Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Then, nothing happened.
In February, the first signs of life surfaced when THR reported that Twilight Saga writer Melissa Rosenberg was negotiating to rewrite the script. Then, earlier this month, Lin told MTV that he was still working on The Highlander.
I've been working with [Marcum and Holloway] on the script. That's one where Summit has been really good [about letting it develop], and for me, it's about making sure that we can take it to the place where I feel comfortable and great about making it. I feel like I have a very good studio and team and we're working on it.
Lin recently confirmed a sequel to Fast Five and lined up the directing gig on a fifth Terminator movie. While the director did not say which project would come first, Lin said that "Highlander is in pretty good shape."
I have different projects at different stages. You work on so many projects all at once, and at some point, you have to make the call. I feel like right now, Highlander is in pretty good shape, but I still have to see all the other things come together for us to go make it.
One of those things that may have needed to "come together" is financing, and Summit's latest announcement reveals that RCR Media Group will co-finance the movie, leaving the project at least well funded for a future production.
The original Highlander followed an immortal Scottish swordsman named Connor MacLeod (played by French actor Christopher Lambert) who must confront the last of his immortal opponents for the fabled Prize. So far, no details on the remake have been revealed and there's no indication of what Lin and his writers have planned for the movie.