Way back last year we brought you news that Iron Man scripters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were penning the script for Summit Entertainment’s Highlander reboot. Now we finally have news about who is directing and producing the 21st Century Highlander update. Here’s a clue – they’re Fast and they’re Furious.
Yes – Fast and Furious director Justin Lin and blossoming super-producer Neal H. Moritz will call the shots on the Highlander remake.
The original Highlander told the tale of a 16th Century Scotsman – a highlander – who is immortal. He and other “immortals” fight through the ages in order to win “The Prize.” The only way that they can be killed is to be decapitated. Highlander starred Christopher Lambert and screen legend Sean Connery.
Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairman of Summit Entertainment had this to say :
“We are privileged to have this amazing opportunity to reinvent one of the great franchises. Neal and Justin have proven more than once that they can deliver an entertaining and exciting blockbuster.”
I can only imagine that Wachsberger would like another successful franchise to sit along Twilight in the studio vaults.
Peter Davis, the producer of the original film (and it’s three sequels) will also produce the reboot. With regards to Lin’s and Moritz’s attachment Davis said:
“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.”
Now that the behind the camera talent is set for this new Highlander tale, all eyes can turn to casting.
Will Vin Diesel replace Clancy Brown as The Kurgan? Will Paul Walker be working on a Scottish accent so that he can replace Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod? Or will mooted choice Kevin McKidd get to wield a sword in a kilt?
Who knows at this stage – but considering that the film now has a director and producer, as well as the fact that Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have been attached to the film since May 2008, implies that we might be finding out very soon.
Remember: “There can only be one!”
You can find out all Highlander news here at Screen Rant as soon as we get it!
Source: Summit Entertainment