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Lin Drops HIGHLANDER

Justin Lin will only produce Highlander remake.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 12, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

There can be only one and director Justin Lin won't be shooting the scene which decides the winner. At least in regards to Summit Entertainment's plans to reboot the Highlander series. The writing has been on the wall recently with Lin focusing his efforts on Fast Five, then jumping on board Fast Six and a possible reboot of the Terminator franchise. But it's official today with Heat Vision reporting that the director is officially off the Highlander gig and will only remain on board in a producing capacity.

Despite some February trade reports that Summit brought in Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg to flesh out the story, this recent report is still attributing the previous draft turned in by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The search is currently on for a director to fill the void left by Lin's exit.

Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis are producing while RCR Media Group’s principles Rui Costa Reis and Eliad Josephson will serve as executive producers on the film.

The original Highlander starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings battling humans, hunting down one another and collecting more power. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery portrayed an Egyptian and Clancy was a barbarian known as the Kurgan. The film -- with its "There can be only one" catch phrase -- spawned four sequels and three television series.

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monkeyfoot 8/12/2011 7:57:06 AM

There will never only be one!

As much as I liked the first movie and the TV series, this franchise has mostly been a clustered fornication. The producers may be internittently stoned to come up with the plots, writing, and editing of some of the films.

I'm semi-interested in seeing a reboot of the concept with a consistent tone and well-done story but I'm afraid if the same guys are running the head office we would only get some bizarre story jumping between aliens, immortals, and flashy MTV visuals with no substance.

 

jedibanner 8/12/2011 8:06:58 AM

Nah, the first one is a classic. Then the other movies were Meh...TV series were goos (some more then others) but it's still a classic.

As usual, sure the FX were crap before and today it would be made like an all action pack crap fest like crapywood likes to make but, it's still not a good reason to reboot it. It's classic...leave it alone.

No one can replace Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert...THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE (or 2).

lusiphur 8/12/2011 8:09:02 AM

 I'm with you monkeyfoot.  The first movie and the TV series, while flawed, were really enjoyable.  The other three movies (wait ... there were 4 other movies, weren't there?) ... not so much.  What was the third TV series ?  I only remember Highlander and The Raven.

But ... I'm still not convinced rebooting this necessary.   A different take on it and some consistancy would be good.  And monkeyfoot, only Peter Davis is one of the original producers/creators coming back.  I believe William Panzer passed away a couple of years ago.  Maybe this time we can get a Scotsman to play McCloud, an Egyptian to play Ramirez and Clancy Brown to play the Kurgan.  That would be cool.

XeroWarp 8/12/2011 8:14:41 AM

 This is going to be a total train wreck. First, hands off the Highlander. No remake needed, at least for the first one. I wish the sequels could be erased from my memory. Second, This article is tossing out names responsible for Twighlight and Fast Five. Don't let these clowns near a classic.

Pendragon0 8/12/2011 8:36:02 AM

I think this is the first time I can remember five Maniacs in a row agreeing on something.  There SHOULD be only one!

 

karas1 8/12/2011 9:07:38 AM

I think the third TV series was a Saturday Morning cartoon which I heard about but never saw.  I know there was an anime movie with yet another McLeod cousin battling against a distopian future.  It wasn't half bad and Syfy played it way back when they did anime movies late on Monday evenings.

The last couple of live action films were produced by the actor who played Duncan (and who's name I'm blanking on) and were beyond awful.  But I loved the first movie and the TV series.  I even liked The Raven, Amanda was a cool character.

hanso 8/12/2011 9:17:01 AM

 I liked Highlander: Endgame just cause seeing Connor & Duncan in the same flick was cool.

jfdavis 8/12/2011 9:32:36 AM

I'm in the minority I'm sure but I actually preferred The Raven spin-off to the actual show. Yes, someone from the British Isles to play Connor would be good as would Ramirez being played by a Middle Eastern, Indian, etc...

jedibanner 8/12/2011 9:49:02 AM

Hanso, same for me, I own Endgame just cause both Duncan and Connor McCloyd meet and the story itself wasn't that bad, the vilain was just overacting everything and killed the mood but, it was still fun (AND Connor should've beaten Duncan...if you saw the movie, you know what I mean).

monkeyfoot 8/12/2011 10:45:49 AM

Okay, I liked Highlander:Endgame too for the same reasons. But the inconsistency of those movies just astounds me. After the original movie, the first sequel story came out of somebody's acid trip and my vote for Worst Movie Ever Made, the next one was just the typical bad sequel you expected to the original movie. The third film erased the movie storylines and followed the set-up from the TV series (Conner's not the only one and has his cousin Duncan), and the fourth....whaddafudge?

I never watched the animated series because I knew it followed the storyline for the dreadful 2nd movie.

The original TV series: excellent. A consistent set-up that explored the world of the immortals with a great lead character.

I didn't see The Raven too often before it was cancelled. I know the lead actress was a former Miss America who avoided coming back to the states because she had had an affair with the Arkansas governer and then President Bill Clinton and didn't want to be questioned about it..

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